Published in 2009 by
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Published in 2009 by
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Published in 2015 by
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Sustainable Public Procurement

Policy Handbook for Sustainable Consumption and Production of Korea

The Policy Handbook for Sustainable Consumption and Production of Korea is comprised of two sections.
The first section is Policy Handbook, which is divided into three parts, namely Consumer Information; Sustainable
Consumption and Lifestyle; and Sustainable Business.

Each part contains various policy instruments with detailed
and practical guide elaborating basic concept, policy goals, legal basis, major milestones, working mechanism,
implementing procedure, strength, challenges, major outcomes and future plans for improvement of the policy. At the
end of each policy section, information documents and online website are listed for further reference for readers.

Part 1 incorporates Korea Eco-labeling, Carbon Footprint Labeling, Green Building Certification, and Green Store
Certification, which aim to provide information on environmental performances and/or eco-friendliness of
products, building and retail store so that consumers can make an informed decision.

Part 2 encompasses policy instruments and activities, including Green Public Procurement, Green Credit Card, and
ECO-EXPO KOREA, designed to stimulate and incentivize sustainable consumption and lifestyle.

Part 3 includes policy instruments and incentives such as Eco-Business Award, GREEN-UP, and Eco-Design Program
that promote sustainable business practices.

The second section, included in the extended version of the Policy Handbook, provides laws, regulations, and
guidelines that underpin the respective policies described in the Policy Handbook as follows:

Sustainable Consumption and Production in General
Act and Enforcement Decree on Promotion of Purchase of Green Products

Korea Eco-labeling
Operational Rule of the Korea Eco-labeling

Carbon Footprint Labeling
Guideline for Carbon Footprint of Products; Regulation on the Operational Procedure of Carbon Footprint Labeling

Green Building Certification
Act on Support for the Establishment of Green Buildings; Regulation on Green Building Certification

Green Credit Card
Guideline for the Operation of the Green Credit Card System

Green Store Certification
Regulation on Operational Process for Green Store Certification

Published in 2014 by
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Sustainable Public Procurement

The Role of Governments in Education for Sustainable Consumption

The report presents three country case studies that look at the current institutional frameworks and governmental capacities for implementing effective ESC from P. R. China, Japan and Republic of Korea. Despite diverse policy dialogues and many initiatives on SCP, there is still a lack of knowledge and experience on how we actually can educate nations and their citizens for sustainable consumption. The main research was conducted through survey and interviews with relevant government officials in P. R. China, Japan and Republic of Korea, and it was supported by additional review of current policy frameworks and strategic plans and assessment of training materials/curriculums. This research was conducted in the respective countries by research partners at Beijing Normal University, Tokyo City University and Consumers Union of Korea in close collaboration with IGES.

The promotion of sustainable consumption and green markets has received attention from many national governments including the P. R. China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. All three countries have demonstrated interest and commitment towards shifting to more sustainable patterns of development and have also recognised the importance of sustainable consumption in achieving this. However, ESC still remains a very young and even novel topic that does not yet have substantial policy mandates to ensure its implementation in these countries, and thus there are many opportunities for capacity building to advance effective implementation.

The findings from this research identify key aspects of current governmental context for promoting SC and consumer awareness raising (including relevant policy frameworks, overall strategies, understandings of government officials, and barriers and obstacles to implementation). The three country cases are then analysed in a comparative capacity assessment. The assessment framework is based on the four levers of change identified by UNDP for assessing capacity assets and needs: 1) institutional arrangements, 2) leadership, 3) knowledge, and 4) accountability.

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