New research in Science of the Total Environment, and reported by the European Commission’s Science for Environment Policy News Alert Service, outlines a new tool that can help policy-makers access and use data regarding the environmental impacts of consumption and production. The research was carried out by the EU-funded One Planet Economy Network (OPEN) and aimed to enhance evidence regarding sustainable consumption and production measures by developing a ‘footprint family’ of indicators, which were then accumulated using a ‘multi-regional input-output framework’.
The Irish research project CONSENSUS has been awarded funding by the Irish EPA to further its innovative research on sustainable consumption. Led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway, CONSENSUS is the first large-scale, all-Ireland research project on sustainable consumption in Irish households.
A recent journal article in Biodiversity and Conservation argues that a better, more effective dialogue is needed between biodiversity science and policy to underpin the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. Drawing on literature, interviews and a workshop with individuals working at the interface between biodiversity science and government policy development, the article presents practical recommendations for creating dialogue which moves away from the existing ‘linear’ or technocratic model of communication.
The seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals commenced on Monday 6th January and runs until Friday 10th January. Themes to be considered as part of the seventh session include: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste); and climate change and disaster risk reduction.
This new book by Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of just sustainability. Some of the key topics discussed include: food justice, sovereignty and urban agriculture; community, space, place(making) and spatial justice; the democratization of our streets and public spaces; how to create culturally inclusive spaces; intercultural cities and social inclusion; green-collar jobs and the just transition; and alternative economic models such as co-production.
The Sustainable Practice Research Group, a major social science research collaboration across eight UK universities, has published a new report which introduces a novel ‘social practice’ approach to sustainability policy. The report argues that social practices are a better target of intervention for sustainability policy than ‘behaviour’, ‘choice’ or technical innovation alone.