Press release
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 the Global 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.
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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
This publication 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. The country 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) | Download Report and Country Papers

Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption - Recommendations and Guidelines

This 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, Spanish and Chinese | Read more about Education for Sustainable Consumption

Promoting Resource Efficiency in Small & Medium Size Enterprises:
In 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 and techniques.... more... | Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

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

Design for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach
Design 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 | Download Report

Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production and Resource Efficiency into Development Planning
The 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 these challenges.

This publication (available in English, French and Spanish) 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.... more... | SCP & Poverty Alleviation

Environment and Poverty Times - n°6
Can 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....... Interactive e-book | Environment and Poverty Times - n°6 | SCP & Poverty Alleviation

Towards sustainable production and use of resources: Assessing Biofuels
This 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 Panel | Download Report

Frequently Asked Questions on the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production
This 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.... more... | Marrakech Process

Towards Triple Impact - Toolbox for Analysing Sustainable Ventures in Developing Countries
Sustainable 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.... more... | SCP & Poverty Alleviation

Unchaining Value: Innovative approaches to sustainable supply
Unchaining 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...
Unchaining Value

The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector
Buildings 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.... more | Buildings & Construction

SCP Indicators for Developing Countries - A Guidance Framework
This 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....
.... more
| SCP & Poverty Reduction

Building Nepal's Private Sector Capacity for Sustainable Tourism Operations: A collection of Best Practices and Resulting Business Benefits
The 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... more | SCP Tourism

Tourism and Mountains: A practical guide to managing the social and environmental impacts of Mountain Tours
Travel 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... more | SCP Tourism


Planning for Change: Guidelines for National Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production
'Planning 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... more | SCP National Action Plan | Marrakech Process

UNEP/UNESCO youthXchange Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption: Towards Sustainable Lifestyles (New Edition)
YouthXchange 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 audience.... more | YouthXchange | UNESCO

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and Practices
With 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, activities...
more | SCP Tourism

Asia-Pacific 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 ... more | Marrakech Process

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’ project.
Jaipur, India, 23-24 June 2008 ... more | Eco-labelling

4th African 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 region.
Johannesburg, 4-6 June 2008... more | Marrakech Process

Final 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... more | SCP Tourism

National 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
... more | Eco-labelling

The Amsterdam 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... more | Global Reporting Initiative

OECD-UNEP 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... more | OECD

Climate 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 national economies.
Oxford, 8 - 11 April 2008... more | SCP Tourism

Energizing Cleaner Production: a Guide for Trainers

Energizing 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 Kyoto Protocol...
more | SCP Clearner Production

Life Cycle Management: A Business Guide to Sustainability

The 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 & Resource Management"... more | Life Cycle Initiative

After the Tsunami - Sustainable building guidelines for South-East Asia

This report provides hands-on advice for safe and sustainable construction of buildings in disaster affected areas... more | UNEP SBCI | SCP Buildings and Construction.


Applying Cleaner Production to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Training Package

The 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, Cleaner Production... more | SCP Clearner Production

Sustainability Communications - A Toolkit for Marketing and Advertising Courses

This CD-ROM (available in English and French) 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... more | SCP Communications