Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production

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Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
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Formation 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Type Non-profit limited liability
Purpose Research on sustainable consumption and production (SCP)
Website www.scp-centre.org

The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (or CSCP) is a non-profit limited liability. It was jointly founded by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2005 to establish an internationally visible institution for scientific research, outreach and transfer activities on sustainable consumption and production (SCP).[1] The Centre contributes to the Plan of Implementation agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 to promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP).

Activities[edit]

CSCP works on making societal, public sector and private sector actors aware of SCP policies and programmes. It supports new models of economic development such as closed-loop economies, investments in long-term and cost-effective solutions, and creating public/private partnerships. The scope of the Centre’s activities comprises development, testing, implementation and monitoring of projects and programmes, to support sustainable consumption and production patterns and practices, knowledge transfer, multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary networking and international partnerships.

Projects[edit]

The CSCP conducted various projects with and for diverse actors, such as national and European ministries, the European Commission, UNEP, multinational companies,[2] as well as SMEs, European research institutes[3] and non-governmental and civil society organisations.

Applied research[edit]

The CSCP had been working together with the retail and food sector on resource efficiency and hot-spot analysis. It also hosts a sustainability council, which includes consumer groups, CSOs, to provide advice to the sustainability labeling process of a leading retail company. On the political field the CSCP also supported the first phase of the EU Retail Forum and coordinate a Retail project with the European Topic Centre on SCP.

The CSCP also contributes to developing the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)[4] Task Force report on international practices and experiences with sustainable consumption and production. The CSCP also co-organizes workshops to promote knowledge exchange to support and refine policy recommendations.

Networking and Communication[edit]

The CSCP also works on enabling and engaging dialogue with different stakeholders, NGOs, consumer groups and policy makers, for example by creating a platform on Sustainable Lifestyles and on Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It also coordinates large-scale international projects, such as the SWITCH Network Facility, the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles project or the Action Town project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Researchers Networks". UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. Paris. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rewe startet Nachhaltigkeitswochen 2013". Köln Nachrichten. Cologne. August 5, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Partner der HdWM". University of Applied Management Studies. Mannheim. September 7, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)". China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. China. July 18, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 

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