Programme to Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production

Finland a world leader in the implementation of the Programme to Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production

Finland, in cooperation with various stakeholders, is a world leader in efforts to promote a change towards the green economy with steering methods, new openings and experimental approaches.

The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment have shouldered the main responsibility for the drawing up of programmes on sustainable consumption and production.  Other ministries, research institutes, organisations, businesses together with the National Technology Agency and the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development Sitra have also participated in the preparation. In addition, the work has involved hundreds of experts from various sectors.

More from Less – Wisely

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In 2012, Finland drew up a Programme to Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production, “More from Less – Wisely” which aims to reduce the environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions of households and the public sector. It proposes that the state and municipalities set an example by creating the preconditions for more-sustainable solutions. This will also create new jobs in, and opportunities for, the green economy.

The programme aims to promote

  • energy smart and comfortable living,
  • high-quality food without waste
  • smooth and environmentally friendly transport

Brochure:

The Government drew up a resolution concerning the programme, in spring 2013. One of the actions undertaken under the programme involved the establishment of a material-efficiency centre in Finland. In the spring of 2009, the Finnish Government passed a resolution on sustainable public procurement.

To support the attainment of these objectives, funding will be provided for 13 projects testing eco-efficient solutions related to mobility, housing and food.

The “More from Less – Wisely” programme was preceded by the “Getting more from less” programme, which was among the first of its kind in the world when published in 2005. One of the actions undertaken under the programme involved the establishment of a material-efficiency centre in Finland. In the spring of 2009, the Finnish Government passed a resolution on sustainable public procurement.

Sustainable consumption and production in the European Union

Throughout the 2000s, the European Union and its Member States have aimed to improve the environmental quality of products. Means of achieving this have included ecodesign, environmental management systems, environmental labelling and public procurement.

In December 2015, the European Commission issued a communication on the circular economy package. The Commission wants to direct societies from linear consumption patterns towards smart and sustainable use of materials and resources. In addition to waste management, the circular economy package includes proposals relating to sustainable production, industrial symbiosis and sustainable consumption.

An international 10-year framework of programmes

The final document of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development adopted an international framework programme for promoting sustainable consumption and production. Sustainable consumption and production is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Six programmes have been launched under the UN10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP): Sustainable Public Procurement (UNEP, Korean Environmental Industry and Technology Institute and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability), Consumer Information (Germany, Indonesia and Consumers International), Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (Japan, Sweden and WWF), Sustainable Tourism (UNWTO, France, Korea and Morocco), Sustainable Buildings and Construction (Finland, UNEP, RTIM) and Sustainable Food Systems (Hivos, Switzerland, South Africa and WWF).

Further information:

Taina Nikula, Counsellor, tel. +358 50 305 6945, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Counsellor, Secretary General Annika Lindblom, tel. +358 295 250 163, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Pirkko Heikinheimo, Counsellor, tel. +358 40 684 1517, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2013-07-30 at 11:02, updated 2017-07-14 at 11:03