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Solution for Towards Sustainable Consumption

The Challenge

A growing world population and increasing living standards imply large and accelerating resource use for individual consumption. The world’s population already consumes many of the planet’s resour ...

A growing world population and increasing living standards imply large and accelerating resource use for individual consumption. The world’s population already consumes many of the planet’s resources in unsustainable ways. It seems that economic progress in developing countries will also follow this pattern. A remedy may lie in more conscious behavior by consumers: sustainable consumption.

Provide a regulatory environment for technological innovation

Technological improvements can help to reduce the environmental footprint and can lead to a reduction of resource use. Governments need to create an environment that fosters innovation. Many past innovations have opened ways for reducing environmental impacts. Improved heat isolation and lighter cars are examples.

Current regulatory practice should be examined for its innovation-friendliness. A hazard-based assessment of risk and tight regulation on GM-food are particular hindrances to innovation.

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    Reduce the total amount of consumption

    Reduce the total amount of consumption

    Reduce the total amount of consumption

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    Raise awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumption

    Raise awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumption

    Raise awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumption

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    Ensure that prices reflect the real costs of consumption by rethinking regulation.

    Ensure that prices reflect the real costs of consumption by rethinking regulation.

    Ensure that prices reflect the real costs of consumption by rethinking regulation.

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