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Fostering change to sustainable consumption and production: an evidence based view

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Author: Tukker, A. · Emmert, S.B. · Charter, M. · Vezzoli, C. · Sto, E. · Munch Andersen, M. · Geerken, T. · Tischner, U. · Lahlou, S.
Type:article
Date:2008
Institution: TNO Bouw en Ondergrond
Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, 11, 16, 1218-1225
Identifier: 240879
Keywords: Research · Governance · Radical change · Sustainability · Sustainable consumption and production · System innovation · Energy utilization · Production · Strategic planning · Sustainable development · Uncertain systems · Stimulating ecodesign · Sustainable consumption · Industrial economics

Abstract

This "Note from the field," is an edited version of a policy brief summarizing the key findings from the first half of the Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange network (SCORE!) for the policy programs in the field of sustainable consumption and production (SCP). We recommend a framework for action to change to SCP that mentions the key domains to include food, mobility, and energy use/housing (the last two clearly related to urban development). It should use a systemic perspective on the SCP challenge and differentiate between developed, fast developing, and base of the pyramid economies. SCORE! focuses mainly on developed economies, and here we propose to differentiate between: (1) measures that fit with mainstream beliefs and paradigms. Here, governments could make operational agreements on implementation of instruments like green public procurement, stimulating ecodesign, etc. (2) Problems where a rough agreement on goals exists, but where change is radical, or means are uncertain, and hence planning difficult. Here, governments could foster visioning, experimentation, and support e.g. international collaboration in leapfrogging programs. (3) Problems that outright clash with the mainstream beliefs and paradigms. Here, governments could foster informed deliberation on the more fundamental issues related to markets, governance and growth. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.