Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
  • Location: Finland
  • Date of completion: 2005
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Description/achievement of initiative

The national process on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is an attempt to look into greening the economy or how to create wealth with a smaller footprint.
Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Trade and Industry led the national process on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in 2005. The SCP programme was approved by the government as an integrated part of the National Sustainable Development Strategy in 2006. Actions that have been carried out on the basis of the national SCP programme are e.g. establishing a material efficiency service centre; defining long-term policy guidelines to reshape the taxation system; initiating material- and energy efficiency dialogues; assessing the environmental impact of material flows related to consumption and production, and greening public administration. Public procurement has a huge potential, because the volume of public expenditure is big. Being a pioneer and setting an example sends also a message to private actors and consumers and encourages enterprises to produce more sustainable solutions.

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