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Promoting sustainable lifestyles: Metrics, instruments and proposals for G20

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Sep 07, 2023 02:12 PM IST

Authored by: Shailly Kedia and Ash Pachauri et al.

The promotion of sustainable lifestyles ought to be seen from the perspective of consumption and production systems and life-cycle approaches that include resource extraction, manufacturing and processing, use by consumers, and disposal. Mainstream frameworks on sustainable consumption and production, including SDG 12, fail to capture downstream segments of resource consumption and production systems especially when it comes to lifestyle choices. This policy brief uses a composite index and indices on consumption developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India, to assess the state of lifestyles and consumption in G20 countries and the European Union (EU); these consumption sectors include food, transport, and residential and waste management. The G20 can play a crucial role in promoting norms on sustainable lifestyles as well as informing actions by the use of evidence and exchange of good practices. This brief recommends the establishment of a ‘lifestyles for environment metrics’ initiative, and for the G20 to launch a global partnership for sustainable lifestyles.

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Ever since the adoption of Agenda 21 at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, the global community has given greater attention to the consequences of unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. In 2015, responsible consumption and production was listed as 12th of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainable consumption and lifestyles need to be seen from the perspective of consumption and production systems that include resource extraction, manufacturing and processing, use by consumers, and disposal. Broadly, resource value chains consist of upstream and downstream segments. Yet, mainstream frameworks on sustainable consumption and production, including SDG 12, fail to capture downstream segments of resource consumption and production systems especially when it comes to lifestyle choices.

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Authored by: Shailly Kedia and Ash Pachauri et al.

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