Agenda 2030 webinar series: Sustainable consumption and production
The objective of this webinar is to discuss how to localize the 2030 Agenda, specifically SDG 12, regarding individual sustainable consumption.
This webinar within the larger series is directed at addressing the complexity of sustainable development goal 12. Living in countries with a high standard of living and high consumption patterns, Nordic countries' have difficulties shifiting their lifestyles and consumption patterns. The multiple speakers present a variety of stakeholders' views on how to promote sustainable consumption and production on a Nordic level. The webinar supports the shift to sustainable consumption and production by addressing the challenges to achieving the shift and presenting lifestyle changes that support the shift.
The first speaker, Helena Uesson, is a representitve of Sustainordic, a project designed to promote SDG 12 within Nordic values. Their research was designed to focus on Nordic examples and knowledge of sustainable consumption and production to further spread these ideals. Helena notes the connection between consumption in Nordic countries and waste created in other countries during production and the need for political leadership. Sustainordic has a clear strategy to collaborate with international embassys to distribute information.
A speaker from the Lund municipality in Sweden discusses how they adopted policies to favor sustainable development. Here the role of the municipalities' local climate policy council sets goals within SDG 12 to be applied within the municipality to reduce their environmental impacts of day to day life. Lund's biggest challenge is the consumption based green-house gas emissions connected to household waste. They hope to spread consumption based goals across Sweden.
Micke Larsson from the Aland Islands speaks on the islands 4 sustainability principles beyond the economy. Larsson emphasized the importance of bringing together the public and private sector to embrace change. The Aland Islands have a sustainability guidance function that is designed for companies, governments, municipalities, organizations, and the culture and values of individuals.
Henning Holmbakken, from the Lillehammer region spoke on an example of public procurement in Hafjell, an alpine destination located in Øyer municipality in the region. Øyer is taking part in a project called Innovative Procurements. As a part of this project, the municipality has a planning and design competition with the aim to reduce the need for private transport to, during and from stays in Hafjell – and thereby to reduce emissions from visitors. The purpose of the procurement is to promote sustainable innovation that can be implemented across municipalities in the Nordic region.
The production process is another aspect where Nordic cooperation is thriving. Public procurement through promoting sustainable production processes and implimenting projects and goals for circular purchases, contributes to sustainable production. Several ideas and benefits to shift ideas of production were detailed.
Overarching themes from the webinar are that shifts to favor sustainable consumption and production require politicians and policy changes, global collaboration, resources and tools, and more. On the whole, achieving sustainable development goal 12 and a shift towards sustainable consumption and production will take a large coordinated effort beyond the Nordic region. The Nordic region and their partners have worked to make a progress in this field, and they will continue to do so and lead by example.