Payments for Ecosystem Services

PGM Platinum Group Metals ppmv Parts Per Million by Volume

PPP Purchasing Power Parity

PRI Policy Research Initiative (Canada)

PRO Pressure-Retarded Osmosis

PV PhotoVoltaics

PVC PolyVinyl Chloride

PWB Printed Wiring Boards

R&D Research and Development

RED Reverse ElectroDialysis

REE Rare Earth Elements

RO Reverse Osmosis

SCOPE Scientific Committee On Problems of the Environment

SEC Specific Energy Consumption

SEDAC SocioEconomic Data and Applications Center

SEEA System of integrated Economic and Environmental


SGT Salinity Gradient Technology

SME Small Medium Enterprises

SRES Special Report on Emissions Scenarios

TMR Total Material Requirement

UN United Nations

UNCED UN Conference on Environment and Development

UNCF UN Children's Fund

UNDP UN Development Programme

UNDPCSD UN Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable


UNEP UN Environment Programme

UNESCO UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFAO UN Food and Agriculture Organization

UNSD UN Statistical Division

UNWWAP UN World Water Assessment Programme

USDA/ERS United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

USDOE United States Department of Energy

USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency

USGS United States Geological Survey

WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WCED World Commission on Environment and Development

WEC World Energy Council

WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

WETT Water Energy Technology Team

WHO World Health Organization

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