Sustainable consumption and production

Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is at the core of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically addressed by SDG 12. This goal aims to "ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns," acting as a cross-cutting theme that feeds into other SDGs such as those related to climate change, poverty, health, and sustainable cities.

SCP involves using services and products in a way that minimizes environmental damage, preserves natural resources, and promotes social equity. The purpose is to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, which means pursuing economic development in a way that can be sustained by the planet over the long term. SCP requires changes at all levels of society, from individuals to businesses to governments.

At the individual level, SCP implies making lifestyle choices that reduce environmental impact. This might include reducing, reusing, and recycling waste, choosing products with less packaging, and opting for more sustainable forms of transport like cycling or public transport.

For businesses, SCP entails adopting sustainable business models and practices. This could include improving resource efficiency, investing in renewable energy, designing products that are durable and recyclable, and ensuring fair labor practices.

At the government level, SCP involves implementing policies that support sustainable business practices and incentivize sustainable consumer behavior. This might involve regulations to reduce pollution, subsidies for renewable energy, and campaigns to raise awareness about sustainable consumption.

SCP also plays a role in several other SDGs. For example, sustainable production practices can help mitigate climate change (SDG 13) by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, by reducing the pressure on natural resources, SCP supports the goals related to life below water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15).

While progress has been made in certain areas, challenges remain in achieving the shift towards SCP. These include existing patterns of overconsumption, limited awareness about the impacts of consumption, and the need for technological innovation to enable more sustainable production.

Elsevier,

Sustainable Production and Consumption, Volume 33, September 2022

A system transition is required to reach greater circularity in the production and consumption of plastics and the achievement of SDG12. This paper has addressed a key gap in the literature, related to the role that data-information-knowledge play in hindering progress towards that transition.
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Wind Turbine Icing Physics and Anti-/De-icing Technology, Wind Energy Engineering, 2022, Pages 135-168

This chapter contributes to SDG goals 7, 11, and 13, by explaining advanced techniques for wind turbine icing mitigation, supporting improved performance and durability of wind turbines, a crucial renewable energy source for sustainable development and climate objectives.
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New Aspects of Meat Quality (Second Edition): From Genes to Ethics, Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition, 2022, Pages 533-557

Insects are becoming an increasingly attractive option as a sustainable food source, both for humans and animals. This chapter covers this growing area of interest in the research community as well as the challenges of farming and harvesting insects for food.
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Climate adaptation and mitigation strategies aim at strengthening existing food systems and infrastructure of agro-ecosystems, to make them more resilient to the effects of climate-led adversities.
This Article supports SDGs 3 and 13 by showing that plant-based beef alternatives could reduce the carbon footprint of the US food system, but highlights that reductions in other envirnmental dimensions are dependent on repurposing of resources.
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The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 6, July 2022

This Viewpoint supports SDGs 7 and 10 by reviewing climate mitigation scenarios in the context of energy inequalities between the Global North and the Global South. The authors conclude that existing mitigation scenarios exacerbate inequalities and increase climate risk in the Global South.
This chapter advances SDG goals 7, 9, and 11 by improving our ability to use smart grids to provide stable, demand- and market-responsive energy.
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Imran Khan, Md. Sahabuddin, Chapter 1 - Sustainability---Concept and its application in the energy sector, Editor(s): Imran Khan, Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Elsevier, 2022, Pages 1-22, ISBN 9780323886680.

This chapter advances the UN SDG goals 7, 11, and 12 by discussing the concept of sustainability as it relates to sustainable energy development, and highlighting the various assessment methods that can be used

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