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Investing in Resource Efficiency

The Economics and Politics of Financing the Resource Transition

  • Florian Flachenecker
  • Jun Rentschler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Background and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Florian Flachenecker, Jun Rentschler, Willem de Kleuver
      Pages 31-50
  3. Methodologies and Evidence

  4. Case Studies and Practitioners’ Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Liesbet Goovaerts, Arnold Verbeek
      Pages 191-209
    3. Nigel Jollands, Peter Hirsch
      Pages 211-225
  5. Policy Implications and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Florian Flachenecker, Jun Rentschler
      Pages 283-292
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-294

About this book


This book covers the multi-faceted incentives, trade-offs, and challenges associated with the economics and politics of resource efficiency investments. By contributing a wide range of empirical evidence, practitioners' insights, and policy perspectives, this book carefully examines the role of resource efficiency in reconciling environmental and economic considerations. It also discusses the critical role of resource efficiency investments in mitigating climate change and enabling sustainable development. 

Featuring expert insights from academia, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, this book provides a policy oriented guide, reference, and toolbox for unlocking the potential of resource efficiency. To this end, it identifies practical measures for overcoming barriers and creating smart incentives for leveraging resource efficiency investments. Overall, this book brings together evidence to develop innovative ideas and strategies for improving the efficient use of resources and advancing clean and sustainable development.

"This book is an important and timely contribution", Angel Gurria, Secrectary General, OECD


Resource Efficiency Investments Circular Economy Green Growth Sustainable Development Energy Efficiency Climate Change Sustainable Development Goals G7 Resource Efficiency Alliance Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Florian Flachenecker
    • 1
  • Jun Rentschler
    • 2
  1. 1.University College London, Institute for Sustainable ResourcesLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University College London, Institute for Sustainable ResourcesLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Florian Flachenecker is a Junior Economist (Young Professionals Programme) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working on the OECD Green Growth Strategy and environmental indicators. Previously, he was a Doctoral Researcher at University College London (UCL), empirically investigating the effects of resource efficiency on competitiveness and climate change mitigation. Florian was a Visiting Fellow at the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission, developing a competitiveness strategy for the EU. Moreover, he worked as a Consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on resource efficiency investment projects on the firm-level, and he worked on European policy issues at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Florian holds a PhD in Economics from UCL, a MA in Economics from the College of Europe, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Mannheim as well as the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Jun Rentschler is an Economist (YP) at The World Bank working at the intersection of climate change and sustainable resilient development. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, the Payne Institute for Earth Resources in Colorado, and the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He spent two years as a Consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working on resource efficiency investment projects. He also served as an Economic Adviser at the German Foreign Ministry, where he focused on economic and  energy policy. Jun holds a MSc and a PhD in Economics from UCL, specialising in the fields of development, climate, and energy. He has published widely on these topics, including in academic journals and his book ‘Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A guide to economic and political complexity’.


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