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Overview of Issue and On-line Resources: Sustainable Production and Consumption

This Collection

The International Institute for Sustainable Development presents a collection of documentation and links to relevant material on the issue of sustainable production and consumption. This initiative is in support of Agenda 21, which states:

Agenda 21, Chapter 4: In order to support this broad strategy, Governments, and/or private research and policy institutes, with the assistance of regional and international economic and environmental organizations, should make a concerted effort to expand or promote databases on production and consumption and develop methodologies for analyzing them.

Issue Definition

Agenda 21 states that: the major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment is the unsustainable pattern of consumption and production, particularly in industrialized countries, which is a mater of grave concern, aggravating poverty and imbalances" (Chapter4.3)

The Soria Moria Conference (February 1994) proposed a working definition of sustainable consumption as, "the use of goods and services that respond to basic needs and brig a better quality of life while minimising the sue of natural resources, toxic mater ials and emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle, so as not to jeopardise the needs of future generations."

The issue of sustainable production and consumption has been the subject of considerable interest since the conclusion of the Earth Summit in June 1992. Particular impetus to these discussions has been the two sessions hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment in 1994 and 1995.


ON-LINE LIBRARY


United Nations Documents

GOVERNMENT

ECONOMIC INSTRUMENTS

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

END-USE STRATEGIES

BUSINESS AND LABOUR

COUNTRY REPORTS