Consumption is a key lever to attain a more sustainable development:
unsustainable consumption patterns are major causes of global environmental
deterioration, including the overexploitation of renewable resources and
the use of non-renewable resources with their associated environmental impacts.
Leading research institutions from across Europe are taking part in a groundbreaking
project analysing the impacts of policy strategies and instruments on consumption
patterns in order to examine how sustainable consumption (SC) policies can
successfully tackle this problem. A focus is on policies in the need areas
of housing and food. In the analysis, all European regions will be covered,
with a special emphasis on Spain, Finland, Germany, and the Baltic area.
The project “European Policies to Promote Sustainable Consumption Patterns”
(EUPOPP) is funded under the 7th Framework Program of the European Union
and is running from August 2008 to July 2011.