Sustainable production and consumption in a regional policy perspective

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One of the main challenges regions face in sustainable development is changing their production and consumption patterns. This paper focuses on the role of regional government in sustainable production and consumption polices, one of the specific topics in the framework of the European Regional Sustainable Development Network activities. Issues of sustainable production and consumption are very broad. This paper focuses on policies and instruments directed towards sustainable production and consumption in regions. The paper elaborates current theory and practice in the area of sustainable production and consumption policies to answer the main question of what are the key challenges and opportunities for regional government. The paper starts with a short overview of current (policy) thinking in the field of regional sustainable production and consumption. We then identify the theoretical and practical issues for both regional policy development and regional stakeholder involvement in the field of regional sustainable production and consumption. Finally, we explore examples of good practice in the development of regional public policy related to sustainable production and consumption patterns and identify some key messages for both the EU and the regions.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherCenter for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameCSTM Studies en Rapporten
ISSN (Print)1381-6357


  • METIS-221008
  • IR-49045

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