Review: the role of business in realising sustainable consumption and production

Charter, Martin; Gray, Casper; Clark, Tom and Woolman, Tim (2008) Review: the role of business in realising sustainable consumption and production. In: UNSPECIFIED Greeenleaf Publishing.

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This chapter considers the contribution of business to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the way in which this contribution may be advanced through recognising both the experiences and the drivers of current approaches. It puts forth proposals for innovation and business models contributing to SCP. The chapter grows out of a research strand that I led on business and SCP as part of the EC funded Framework 6 Programme entitled 'Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange' (SCORE), of which I was a coordinating partner. SCORE surveyed the 'state of the art' in SCP through a diverse network of sustainability researchers and expertise from across Europe. A core team of researchers, myself included, brought together understanding from business, design, consumer behaviour and systems innovation policy in the key consumption areas of mobility, food and agriculture, and energy use and housing — responsible for 70% of the life-cycle environmental impacts of Western societies — with the aim of stimulating, fostering or forcing change to SCP theory and practice. The project research was disseminated through the publication of System Innovation for Sustainability, Vols. 1–4. In addition to this chapter, I co-authored the introduction, conclusion and a chapter entitled 'Energy Use in Houses and Buildings and Sustainable Consumption' in System Innovation for Sustainability 4: Case studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production (ed. S. Lahlou, Greenleaf Publishing, 2011).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: HF Commerce, TS Manufactures
Members: University for the Creative Arts
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 00:19
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 12:55

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