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Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production

Thomas Reuter, Magnus Bengtsson, Laurie Cohen, Leonie Dendler, Paul Dewick, Karin Dobernig, Daniel Fischer, Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Joerg Hofstetter, Charlotte Jensen, Ria Lambino, Sylvia Lorek, Hein Mallee, Steven McGreevy, Jaco Quist, Joseph Sarkis, Patrick Schröder, Demitris Stevis, Philip Vergragt, Dan Welch

Belmont Forum | Published : 2019

Abstract

With the global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and in view of finite resource availability and resilience of the Earth system, current patterns of global development are not socially or environmentally sustainable. Solutions to address the underlying challenges are urgent and necessary, but to be effective they need to be accompanied by reductions in the total volume of consumption and production of goods and services. This determination is based on three compelling reasons. First, private consumption and its associated production are among the key drivers of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, especially among high-emitting industrialized economies. There is little evidence ..

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