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Policies to promote sustainable consumption patterns (POPP)

Objective

The project aims at increasing knowledge about the impact of sustainable consumption (SC) policies on consumption patterns and on sustainability. This objective will be achieved by the following steps: A conceptual model will be developed as a framework for the whole project. Embedded in a broader overview of general SC strategies and instruments, research will focus on the need areas of food and housing. For these areas, sustainability potentials will be quantified in order to identify the potential that SC policies may tap. Impacts will then be explored at macro and micro-level that food and housing related SC instruments throughout Europe have on consumption patterns (Impact Assessment). Instruments to be looked at encompass regulatory and economic instruments, including fiscal and procurement policies, as well as communicative instruments, procedural regulation and societal self-regulation. Conditions of success and failure of these instruments will be identified. The instrument impact assessment is based on the analysis of statistical data, expert interviews, focus groups with consumers and workshops with public procurers. Having explored the impact of SC instruments on consumption patterns, a material flow analysis will be carried out to assess their impact on sustainability, including at international level. Options to enhance sustainable consumption patterns will be explored, especially with regard to designing, implementing and transferring effective SC instruments. On the basis of the project results, policy recommendations will be developed to be fed into the Marrakech process. The project is relevant to the Work Programme by identifying the impact of different types of policy instruments at disaggregated level; by evaluating the conditions of success and failure of SC strategies in an interdisciplinary effort; by developing links between the economy, environment and society and presenting innovative policies to make consumption more sustainable.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

OEKO-INSTITUT E.V. - INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE OEKOLOGIE
Address
Merzhauser Strasse 173
79100 Freiburg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 597 239
Administrative Contact
Thomas Manz (Mr.)

Participants (6)

KULUTTAJATUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 185 093
Address
Kaikukatu 3
00531 Helsinki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kristiina Aalto (Mrs.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 028,40
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kent Lee (Mr.)
BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 140 139,20
Address
Antonijas Iela 3-8
LV-1010 Riga
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ingrida Bremere (Ms.)
ASSOCIACIO ECOINSTITUT D'ECOLOGIA APLICADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 137 737,40
Address
Torre Dels Pardals 69 Ent.4a
08032 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josep Esquerrà (Mr.)
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 77 649
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mark Hidson (Mr.)
ISOE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 63 192
Address
Hamburger Allee 45
60486 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Udo Besser (Mr.)