Tune in on Wednesday November 25 between 13:00-14:30 CET to learn about the challenges and opportunities local governments face in advancing sustainable consumption in their communities.
9 November 2020
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

We have seen great strides to enable sustainable consumption, both internationally via the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and nationally via sustainable consumption strategies.

The role of local governments however remains largely unexamined. This webinar will showcase the current barriers and opportunities local governments face in advancing sustainable consumption in their communities.

Our panel of speakers will showcase how local governments can advance both municipal sustainable consumption through public procurement and the sustainable consumption of citizens and businesses.

Changing the way we consume will require individuals to adjust their lifestyles, businesses to choose sustainable suppliers and products, and governments, both national and local, to provide the infrastructure, services and products that allow citizens to consume less or consume more sustainably.

Global challenges such as excessive resource extraction, increasing pollution and loss of biodiversity are directly linked to increasing consumption of goods and services. Citizens, businesses and governments in developed countries currently consume at an unsustainable rate. Finding ways to support, advance and enable sustainable consumption is an essential step to solving these global challenges.

Listen in to learn what steps are needed next and ask the panel any questions you may have.


Local governments advancing sustainable consumption


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13:00 - 13:05 Welcome and introduction to the webinar

Aina Eriksson, Stockholm Environment Institute


13:05 - 13:15 Opening words: The impact of Sweden's consumption

Jonas Allerup Climate negotiator and analyst at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency


13:15 - 13:30 Understanding local government drivers for sustainable consumption - The case of Sweden

Focus: Challenges and opportunities of Swedish local governments and recommendations for policy

Karin André, Katarina Axelsson and Elena Dawkins, Stockholm Environment Institute Project Unlock - funded by the Swedish EPA


13:30 - 13:45 The Power of Procurement

Focus: Strategic procurement decisions for sustainability + Building a supportive political framework for implementation of sustainable public procurement.

Liesbeth Casier, Policy advisor at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and MAC member of 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme


13:45 - 14:00 Case study: Sharing initiatives in the City of Vancouver 

Focus: implementation of sharing initiatives by local governments and scaling up city initiatives through the Lighter Living Initiative 

Vanessa Timmer, Executive director at One Earth, co-lead of the Beacon for Sustainable Living and MAC member of the 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme


14:00 - 14: 25 Moderated discussion by Jonas Allerup and Q+A from audience

14: 25-14:30 Conclusion


This webinar is co-organized by Stockholm Environment Institute and the 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. 


Image: Brandon Jacoby Unsplash

  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education