More from Less – Wisely
The Programme to Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production, “Getting more from less”, (2005) is currently being revised.
The proposal for the revised programme, “More from Less – Wisely” 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.
According to the proposal under preparation, the programme aims to promote
- energy smart and comfortable living,
- high-quality food without waste
- smooth and environmentally friendly transport
The Government will draw up a resolution concerning the programme, in spring 2013. The proposal for the programme was prepared by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, in cooperation with other ministries, research institutions, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. In addition, approximately 190 experts from various sectors participated in the work.
To support the attainment of these objectives, funding will be provided for eight projects testing eco-efficient solutions related to mobility, housing and food.
Getting more from less
Completed in 2005, the “Getting more from less” programme was one of the first of its kind in the world. The programme’s objective is to increase the effectiveness of material and energy use, and to promote environmental education and production based on environmental technology.
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. Numerous studies have been conducted which evaluate the environmental impacts of material flows within the national economy, with illustrative tools being developed as a basis for assessing the environmental impacts of individual decisions.
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 2008, the EU approved a communication on sustainable consumption and production, and on a sustainable industrial policy.
The Commission is currently preparing a communication which will suggest means of increasing the availability of green products, for example by developing incentives and increasing information.
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:
The objectives of the framework programme include greater resource efficiency and corporate social responsibility, increasing sustainable procurement and developing environmental standards for product chains.
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