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Our lifestyles, through the impacts of our day-to-day activities such as eating, moving and commuting, heating and cooling our homes, caring, working, and so on, have become major threats to the sustainability of the environment. While continued economic growth and urbanisation in many countries are expected, it is imperative to consider how we...

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Unmanaged plastic waste poses a major socio-economic, environmental and health risk to urban and marine environments in the Asia Pacific. Each year South-east Asian countries produce 11.7 million metric tonnes of plastic waste, of which over 60% is derived from urban areas. Therefore a focus on effective city governance will be vital to...

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Sustainable Lifestyles Policy and Practice: Challenges and Way Forward provides an overview of the current (2019) situation for sustainable lifestyles globally.  It includes 32 case studies from around the world, showing on-going efforts to support the transition to sustainable ways of living.

The key messages of the publication are:

  • There...
Discussion Paper

This report provides diverse possibilities of the future in 2050 as the basis for discussions on future lifestyles by different stakeholders and citizens in a more participatory foresight process. Based on the outcome of a survey of future-oriented experts, this report gathers insights from experts in diverse fields on a global scale, with both...

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This paper explores the current understanding regarding the Circulating and Ecological Economy (CEE) and the Regional/Local CES concepts put forward by Japan’s Fifth Basic Environment Plan. The CEE and the Regional/Local CES advance a low-carbon, self-reliant, and decentralised society based on living in harmony with nature. The Regional/Local CES...

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Commentary (Op. Ed)

持続可能性(Sustainability)に関連して充足性が議論される場合には、2つの大きな潮流がある。第1は、経済活動を際限なく拡大することへの反省を込めて、充足性が議論される場合である。ブータンの「Gross National Happiness」指標や、タイの「Sufficiency Economy(セータキット・ポーピアン)」の背景となっている。第2は、経済開発と資源利用ないしは環境負荷との「切り離し」に関する場合である。「切り離し」を実現する方法としては、これまで技術改良による効率性の改善が主流であったが、効率性の改善が消費や環境負荷の抑制につながらずに資源の総消費や環境負荷総量を高めてしまう...

Commentary (Op. Ed)

This commentary summarises the key findings and implications of the study on Lifestyle Carbon Footprints: Long-term targets and case studies of the carbon footprints of household consumption. This study introduces and develops an approach to establishing lifestyle carbon footprints: greenhouse gases directly emitted during and indirectly induced by...

Discussion Paper

2015年12月に発表された「EU新循環経済政策パッケージ(Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy)」の概要と主なポイントをまとめました。


2015年12月に発表された「EU新循環経済政策パッケージ(Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy)」の概要と主なポイントをまとめた。(2016年4月6日一部改定)