UNEP completes global research project
on sustainable lifestyles
Young adults urged to play role in shift towards sustainable lifestyles
Paris, 12 May 2011
- Young people want to be a force for change and create their
own vision of sustainable development, according to a survey of
more than 8000 young adults from 20 countries conducted by the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The study, called
Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), was one of the first
global surveys on sustainable lifestyles. The results provide
intriguing insights into the way young people think about their
daily lives and activities, their aspirations for the future,
and their beliefs about the role they play in influencing change.
press release] [Visions
for Change report]
For more information, please view the Press
Release. To contact GSSL Research Partners on national results
for the 20 countries involved, please click here.
Visions for Change: Recommendations for
Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles
and its Country
Papers provide recommendations to develop efficient
sustainable lifestyles policies and initiatives based on the Global
Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL). It is aimed at policy-makers
and all relevant stakeholders on how best to help support the
shift to sustainable lifestyles, for instance through effective
communication and awareness-raising campaigns. The survey, which
involved 8,000 young urban adults from 20 different countries,
points to three key dimensions of empowerment and creativity:
new visions of progress, behavioural alternatives, as well as
trust and participation. The report highlights the need for working
together to better comprehend, educate and empower young adults
globally, to enable them to create their own positive visions
of sustainable lifestyles, and therefore become actors of change.
papers present results of the GSSL country by country and
provide insight into country-specific conditions, culture, economic
development and other factors affecting lifestyles. The GSSL was
jointly developed by UNEP and the Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles,
which was led by Sweden from 2005-2009, in the framework of the
Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).
more on the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL)
Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption - Recommendations
publication provides recommendations and guidelines aimed at policy-makers
and educators on how to best integrate and implement Education
for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) in the formal education sector.
It contains two main chapters: a) "Addressing the challenges"
illustrates the importance of ESC to policy makers and its contribution
in achieving major policy goals such as environmental protection
and sustainable development strategies; b) "Optimizing opportunities"
is targeted to educational authorities, teacher trainers and educators
to include ESC in their curricula and teaching activities. This
chapter contains a series of inspiring case studies and best practices
from all over the world. Here and Now! has been jointly developed
by UNEP and the Marrakech Process Task Force on ESC led by Italy,
in collaboration with the United Nations Decade on Education for
Sustainable Development and Hedmark University College in Norway
available in English,
Read more about Education
for Sustainable Consumption
Promoting Resource Efficiency in Small
& Medium Size Enterprises:
many developing countries, small and medium enterprises are the
backbone of economic and industrial activity, contributing to
approximately 75% of industrial activity. With increasing resource
prices, it is becoming difficult for SMEs to sustain the high
costs of energy, water and material resources for production while
remaining competitive in the market. In numerous developing countries,
SMEs are often high polluters due to obsolete technology in their
small-scale operations and/or the lack of efficient end-of-pipe
pollution control systems. The PRE-SME resource kit is an integrated
Resource Efficiency package that enables SMEs to achieve cleaner
and resource efficient production with a clear methodological
guidance based on an in-depth survey and review of existing tools
Resource Efficient and
Ecolabelling contributes to poverty reduction
Ecolabels are important tools for achieving
more sustainable societies, both in developed and developing regions.
By advancing sustainable consumption and production patterns,
ecolabelling can also contribute to poverty reduction and increase
international competitiveness of developing economies.
This was one of the main conclusions of the side event organized
by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) during the United Nations 18th Commission on
Sustainable Development in New York, 3-14 May 2010 ...
more on Ecolabelling
Read more about
the side event
Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach
for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach is the latest in the
D4S publication series. A global guide for designers and industry,
it provide support to ecodesign novices and those looking to further
their understanding of the field. The manual focuses on three
different design approaches: redesign of existing products, radical
sustainable product innovation and new product development ...
more on Design for Sustainability
Sustainable Consumption and Production and Resource Efficiency
into Development Planning
world is facing various challenges that threaten both ecosystems
and humankind. These include climate change, land degradation,
air and water pollution, depletion of non-renewable resources,
poverty and hunger. Sustainable patterns of consumption and production
(SCP), including efficient use of resources, can help address
This publication (available in English,
was developed to provide countries with support in integrating
SCP approaches and tools into policies and strategies, thereby
ensuring SCP is considered at all levels of development planning.
The publication complements....
SCP & Poverty
and Poverty Times - n°6
resource efficiency trigger the transformation to a green economy?
In a context of multiple global crises, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, in
cooperation with UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
(DTIE), gathered inputs from all over the world to gather elements
of response for this question. The 6th issue of the Environment
and Poverty Times - an easy-to-read and illustrated 'newspaper'
- was launched on September 9th, 2009 in Manila at the International
Conference on Green Industry in Asia.
The Environment and Poverty Times highlights the links between
poverty alleviation and environmental concerns. This issue focuses
on resource efficiency as a catalyst for greening the global economy
while simultaneously contributing to poverty alleviation efforts
in developing countries.......
and Poverty Times - n°6
SCP & Poverty
production and use of resources: Assessing Biofuels
report is the result of extensive literature examination and a
thorough review process, involving a number of experts, to provide
a robust assessment of key problems of production and use of biomass
for energy purposes and options for more efficient and sustainable
production and use of biomass....
more on UNEP Resource
Asked Questions on the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption
new publication describes the vibrant and complex Marrakech Process.
It defines the concept of SCP and provides brief answers and overviews
of each of the activities of the Marrakech Process (international
and regional meetings, Task Forces, Forums with business and civil
society, etc), and highlights the outcomes and progress achieved.
It also explains SCP contributions to poverty alleviation and
climate change mitigation.
Through a series of examples and collection of best practices,
these FAQ highlight the global efforts to build capacity, implement
SCP programmes and design enabling policy frameworks on SCP....
Triple Impact - Toolbox for Analysing Sustainable Ventures in
ventures can make a significant contribution to poverty alleviation
and environmental sustainability. These business initiatives and
activities improve human well-being and the environment on a profitable
basis (people, planet, profit), contributing to decoupling economic
growth and improvements in well-being from natural resource use....
SCP & Poverty
Value: Innovative approaches to sustainable supply
Value aims to spur the pursuit
of greater environmental and social sustainability within corporate
global supply chains.
This report seeks to begin a process
of uncovering the barriers and challenges to driving sustainability
improvements through global supply chains, as well as spotting
the opportunities for achieving greater impact
through partnerships and capacity-building...
Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Building
and Construction Sector
are responsible for more than one third of total energy use and
associated greenhouse gas emissions globally, both in developed
and developing countries. The potential for drastic reductions
of the energy consumption in buildings is significant. However,
research presented in this report indicates that the Clean Development
Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol has so far hardly at all been
able to promote emission reduction projects in buildings.
The report analyses the underlying causes to this situation,
and proposes changes to CDM which would allow CDM to support emission
reduction projects in buildings and other similar sectors....
Buildings & Construction
Indicators for Developing Countries - A Guidance Framework
document has been developed to provide guidance to policymakers
in developing countries on the development of indicators that
measure progress towards more sustainable patterns of consumption
and production (SCP), a critical means for achieving sustainable
development. The document proposes a structured framework....
SCP & Poverty
Nepal's Private Sector Capacity for Sustainable Tourism Operations:
A collection of Best Practices and Resulting Business Benefits
MAST-Nepal project was developed to build capacity within the
Nepal tourism industry on the concepts of sustainable tourism,
assist project companies in developing action plans to increase
product sustainability, and link these products to the European
sustainable tourism market. By strengthening sustainable tourism
in Nepal the project aims to...
and Mountains: A practical guide to managing the social and environmental
impacts of Mountain Tours
to mountain ecosystems is increasing at a rapid pace, as growing
numbers of tourists are attracted to the clean air, unique landscapes
and wildlife, scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreational
opportunities that mountain destinations offer...
for Change: Guidelines for National Programmes on Sustainable
Consumption and Production
for Change' provides guidelines on how to plan, develop, implement
and monitor national programmes on promoting sustainable consumption
and production. The manual includes a very accessible written
overview of concepts, tools and policies, and presents an easy-to-use
10 step programme...
SCP National Action Plan |
youthXchange Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption: Towards
Sustainable Lifestyles (New Edition)
is a train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption
patterns among young consumers worldwide. The kit provides statistics,
case studies, games, examples of real companies going more sustainable,
and direction on how explain sustainable lifestyles to a young
Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks,
Tools and Practices
its close connections to the environment and climate itself, tourism
is considered to be a vulnerable and highly climate-sensitive
economic sector, similar to agriculture, insurance, energy, and
transportation. At the same time, tourism is a contributor to
Greenhouse Gas emissions, including emissions from transport,
Roundtable on SCP: Sustainable Consumption and Climate Change:
Engaging the Market
The Conference themes will cover: 1) policy and corporate
social responsibility, 2) renewable energy / alternative fuel,
3) water and sanitation, 4) sustainable building and construction,
5) sustainable consumption / production / solid waste management,
6) financing, and 7) sustainable transportation and mobility.
Cebu, Philippines 19-20 September 2008
National workshop on eco-labelling
The workshop is the first national event in the framework of the
Enabling developing countries to seize eco-label opportunities
Jaipur, India, 23-24 June 2008 ...
Regional Meeting on SCP
The 4th Regional Expert Meeting in Johannesburg
is expected to review the lessons from the follow-up implementations
related to the African 10-YFP and identify the key steps that
needs to be taken in order to strengthen SCP activities in the
Johannesburg, 4-6 June 2008...
launching event of the Marketing Assistance for Sustainable Tourism
in Nepal project
The objectives of the meeting are to: review
the project implementation and impacts, present case studies,
lessons learned and recommendations focusing on the promotion
of more sustainable tourism practices in Nepal.
Kathmandu, Nepal 2-3 June 2008...
workshop on eco-labelling South Africa
The workshop is the first national event
in the framework of the Enabling developing countries to
seize eco-label opportunities project.
CapeTown, 28-29 May 2008...
Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency
This biennial global conference is the
global reporting event where business delegates and sustainability
reporting experts from all over the world convene to discuss latest
trends in reporting.
Amsterdam, 7 - 9 May 2008...
Global Reporting Initiative
Conference on Resource Efficiency
The Conference provides an opportunity
for senior representatives from governments, businesses, international
organisations and civil society to discuss resource efficiency
issues and influence international debates.
Paris, 23 - 25 April 2008...
Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks,
tools and practice
The direct and indirect impacts of climate
change are particularly acute in developing countries and small
island states, and limited attention has been paid to the impacts
in these destinations, on their communities' livelihoods and their
Oxford, 8 - 11 April 2008...
Energizing Cleaner Production: a Guide for Trainers
Cleaner Production: Guide for Trainers, contains a Management
Course for company managers, which outlines an approach to improve
energy efficiency, more effective national policies, mechanisms
to finance projects, and the Clean Development Mechanism of the
SCP Clearner Production
Life Cycle Management: A Business Guide to Sustainability
journey towars sustainability requires that companies must find
innovatives ways to make profits and at the same time extend the
traditional boundaries of business to include the environmental
and social dimensions, a process known as "the Triple Bottom
Line", which introduces the process of "Life Cycle &
Life Cycle Initiative
After the Tsunami - Sustainable building guidelines for South-East
This report provides hands-on advice for
safe and sustainable construction of buildings in disaster affected
UNEP SBCI |
SCP Buildings and Construction.
Applying Cleaner Production to Multilateral Environmental Agreements
(MEAs) Training Package
ACME project "Applying Cleaner Production to Multilateral
Environmental Agreements (MEAs)" aims at impoving the implementation
of MEAs via the use of the preventive environmental strategy,
SCP Clearner Production
Sustainability Communications - A Toolkit for Marketing and Advertising
CD-ROM (available in English
proposes resources for the educators training tomorrow's marketing
and communication professionals as well as for marketing and advertising
trainers in the corporate field. It is not a "turnkey"
teaching syllabus but a flexible, interactive tool which provides
a synthesis of theoretical and methodological knowledge illustrated
by numerous specific case studies...