National Roundtables

Brazilian Roundtable on SCP
Sao Paulo, Brazil (April 2007)

The Brazilian Roundtable identified energy, water, forestry and natural resources, and waste management as the SCP priorities for Brazil. The Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the European Commission, Mercosur, UNEP, GTZ and a great number of industry representatives discussed also some of the most effective policies to promote SCP. Moreover, the Roundtable recognised key areas to continue working on and strengthen:

  • Communication and education on SCP
  • Sustainable Public Procurement
  • Environmental certification
  • Economic instruments.

Opening session of the Brazilian Roundtable

The Brazilian Roundtable was successful in introducing and promoting the Marrakech Process and guidelines. The roundtable presented also the opportunity to exchange experiences and best practices between Brazil and the European Countries. Mr. Thierry Dudermel from the European Commission highlighted the importance of working at both the demand and supply side and said that SCP should not be seen as a policy against development but rather as a new opportunity for markets and society. Finland and the United Kingdom shared their national experience of developing SCP strategy. Mercosur announced that its Sub-Group on Environment (SGT6) has just designed its SCP strategy that is to be jointly developed by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.

Participants at the Brazilian Workshop on Creative Communities for Sustainable Lifestyles

The governmental strategies in the area of science, technology and investment were discussed. Various initiatives and successful experiences were presented by industry associations and confederations, SME support services (SEBRAE) and non-government institutions dealing with consumption awareness. Key sectors including energy and flex fuels, building, cosmetics, and chemicals were represented. Opportunities and constraints for the introduction of SCP were discussed as well their impact on the market and recommendations were made to address SCP guidelines in Brazil.

The meeting was sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and Cetesb in coordination with UNEP (DTIE & Brazil Office) and support from the European Commission.


February 2008 - The Environmental Ministry of Brazil has created a Committe for Sustainable Consumption and Production with the objective to elaborate and implement an Action Plan on SCP and support small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). As its first initiative, the Committe is launching a public campaign on awareness raising on consumption and reducing packaging.