Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Asia-Pacific Region: Effective Responses in a Resource Constrained World

In the Asia Pacific region with its rapid economic development and population increase, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) has become an urgent issue. Every two years, IGES publishes its White Paper focusing on important sustainable development policy issues in Asia and the Pacific. This time, the Third IGES White Paper entitled "Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Asia-Pacific Region: Effective Responses in a Resource Constrained World’’ brings together IGES research activities on SCP.

As the region continues its economic growth, changes can be seen in traditional consumption patterns, particularly in the increasingly urbanised emerging middle class. A growing population in the Asia and the Pacific which consumes in the same way as the average American or European would mean there would not be enough resources on Earth to satisfy demand and the environment would face increasing damage. Hence, not only does the developed world need to radically change its current consumption patterns but also the developing world needs to find its own sustainable consumption path.

This White Paper adopts the perspective that sustainable production generated by sustainable consumption can lead to structural changes in the Asian economy and encourage ever-increasing sustainable consumption. It looks at the role of the main stakeholders (consumers, communities, governments, business and NGOs etc.) and sectors (agriculture, forestry, water resources and energy) as well as developing detailed discussion on cross-cutting themes facing Asia (climate change and regional integration). Based on analysis of these issues, it presents broad policy recommendations to promote SCP, and show the region a path towards SCP.


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Executive Summary

Chapter 1 We are What We Consume: Sustainable Consumption in a Resource Constrained World
Chapter 2 Is the Customer Really King? Stakeholder Analysis for Sustainable Consumption and Production Using the Example of the Packaging Value Chain
Chapter 3 Pathways for Promoting Sustainable Consumption: How Governments Can Initiate Effective Education for Sustainable Consumption
Chapter 4 Corporate Environmental Information Disclosure: An Innovative Policy to Promote Sustainable Production
Chapter 5 Enabling Factors Promoting Local Initiatives for Sustainable Consumption in Asia: Potential Roles of Local Governments
Chapter 6 Community Engagement in Sustainable Consumption and Production: Empirical Lessons and Grass-root Perspectives
Chapter 7 Promoting Wise Use of Water: Application of Economic Instruments
Chapter 8 Conserving Tropical Forests: Reforming the Tropical Forest Products Trade towards Sustainable Consumption and Production
Chapter 9 Fast-tracking Renewable Energy: Pathways to Sustainable, Low-carbon Energy Utilisation
Chapter 10 Food Safety in the Asia-Pacific: Current status, policy perspectives, and a way forward
Chapter 11 Sustainable, Low-carbon Buildings and Transportation: Climate Imperatives in Urbanising Asia
Chapter 12 United We Stand: Regional Cooperation from a Wider Perspective of Sustainable Consumption and Production
Chapter 13 Conclusion