|what is Sustainability|
Sustainability works across disciplinary boundaries, bringing together perspectives, from the social and ecological science, along with economics and other disciplines. By integrating these perspectives, learning and knowledge provide the evidence base required to support effective responses, and opportunities for innovation.
Not only the scientists and experts but all the involved stakeholders are required to work together.
Integration is reawakening the interconnections among and across social, environmental, economic and governance systems, but the complex nature of this new challenge compels us to reconsider our traditional problem-solving approaches and explore alternative models.
The goal of sustainable development is to ”meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Our Common Future (1987) (1)
The strategically integrated solution model created with the holistic approach of sustainability can effectively respond to these complex challenges and realise the opportunities connected within them.
|(1) Brundtland G.H. (1987): “Our Common Future” Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development World Commission on Environment and Development. Published as Annex to General Assembly document A/42/427|
|what is Sustainable Production & Consumption |
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is about operationalize efficiency at the process and product level. Infact, SCP is the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy applied to processes, products and services to increase efficiency and reduce risk for humans and the environment.
|The use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimising the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardise the needs of future generations (1). |
|Fundamental changes in the way societies produce and consume are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development.|
|(1) Norwegian Ministry of Environment, Oslo Symposium, 1994|