Shaping the economy of sustainable development: An overview of policies and initiatives supporting the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns in the Pan-European region

Policy Report
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This report presents an overview of policies and initiatives related to sustainable consumption and production advanced by the governments of the pan-European region. Although not pretending to present an exhaustive overview of those policies and initiatives, the report was developed based on literature review as well as on the results of a pilot survey conducted by UN Environment serving as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP end of 2015, to which 18 European countries and 52% of the Western and Central European ountries participated. The report provides elements of the European region’s socio-economic and environmental profile, which sets the scene, an introduction to regional frameworks and networks promoting more sustainable consumption and production patterns across Europe, as well as an initial review of relevant national policy frameworks and instruments, with two objectives: understanding ongoing efforts to create the conditions for an economy of sustainable development, and laying the foundations for a baseline that can serve as a starting point to track progress on sustainable consumption and production policies, in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This report also presents several case studies from Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as a country success story from Sweden, as inspiring examples of government-led initiatives for sustainable consumption and production.