Why this project?

In order to reach the goal of shifting towards less environmentally damaging consumption patterns, the involvement of all societal actors - government, business, academia and civil society - is needed. The objective of this project is to enhance the involvement of civil society organisations in sustainable consumption and production issues. Although participation of civil society is considered crucial for the implementation of ambitious sustainability strategies, many implementation programs and activities so far do not yet consistently involve stakeholders from this field - focusing more on business actors or researchers. Civil society organizations can motivate consumers to rethink their consumption behaviour, encourage business to produce sustainable products, ask academia to assess the sustainability of current consumption and production patterns and negotiate with governments on measures to make our current patterns more sustainable.


This project gives civil society organizations a space for identifying research needs and influencing political decisions on sustainable consumption and production. In addition to providing a space for discussion and participation, the project provides information on the relevance of instruments such as EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) and the EU SCP action plan in order to make participation in these kinds of processes more accessible. The two-year project ended at 2010.


European Commission
UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (D)
Regional Environmental Centre (H)
The Centre for Sustainable Design (UK)