Implementing the German National Program on Sustainable Consumption: the Competence Centre and the National Network
A range of activities at national level are designed to implement the German National Program on Sustainable Consumption. They include setting up the German Government's National Network on Sustainable Consumption and the German Government's Competence Centre for Sustainable Consumption.
The Competence Centre for Sustainable Consumption is in charge of providing information on sustainable consumption, facilitating the cooperation of actors on sustainable consumption in Germany, organising meetings, providing individual support to actors, multipliers, associations, NGOs, businesses, etc. The National Network for Sustainable Consumption helps promoting the implementation of the National Programme on Sustainable Consumption and strengthening the social commitment towards sustainable consumption. The Competence Centre is set to further ensure the coordinated and efficient implementation of the National Programme on Sustainable Consumption involving all federal government departments as well the respective subordinate agencies. The competence center comprises the following three areas of responsibility: - Organizational as well as content-related support for implementing the National Programme on Sustainable Consumption - Providing information services for sustainable consumption. - Coordinating the scientific services with regard to the program's implementation in collaboration with the responsible departments. The National Network promotes practical exchange between all relevant players in order to develop synergies for bringing about consumption patterns, lifestyles and markets, as well as to establish a reference for political processes at the global level. The German government's National Programme on Sustainable Consumption, together with the National Network and the Competence Centre, does not represent the end of a process but a way for Germany to drive the necessary structural change towards sustainability in the economy and society. The programme explicitly addresses not only consumers, but also all relevant stakeholders including the business and trade sectors, civil society, the media, the scientific community, local authorities, religious bodies, etc. It also addresses the public sector, which must lead the way as a role model.
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