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Sustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: The cases of cotton, soy and lithium

  • Published on February 4, 2022

This study aims to shed light on the impact of consumption on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the countries where raw materials originate. Taking Germany as an example of an industrialised society, the report analyses and illustrates global raw material flows from outside the European Union (EU) into Germany, exploring their environmental impact and considering measures for more sustainable consumption. Specifically, the analysis involves case studies on cotton, soy and lithium. Although German consumption serves as an example, the findings are also highly relevant for many other industrial nations – and in some cases even directly transferable.

The study addresses actors in the field of sustainable consumption on both the national and international level such as, for example, the One Planet Network or the German National Network on Sustainable Consumption. It primarily targets decision-makers who can guide us along the path towards sustainable consumption (and production) by fostering respective policies and measures. 

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