27 May 2013. As part of global efforts in addressing and adapting to current and predicted impacts of climate change, it is equally important to use the Earth’s natural resources in ways that are carbon-efficient and sustainable. Consuming and producing sustainably can help us increase our resource efficiency and promote sustainable lifestyles, which in turn can help us in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change on our planet and our societies. In order to share information and strengthen capacities to move towards a more carbon-efficient and sustainable future, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which serves as the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), has launched The Global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse.
The SCP Clearinghouse was established on social networking principles, bringing together the global SCP community and creating a hub for SCP knowledge and cooperation. It aims to serve as a place to browse a diverse range of regional and thematic communities, including sustainable public procurement, sustainable production, lifestyles and education.
The Clearinghouse seeks to inspire governments, the business sector, researchers, civil society and all SCP practitioners and other interested parties to share initiatives, news, ideas, best practices and tools to create a worldwide database, a network of experts, and foster and strengthen partnerships through a cooperation marketplace, working groups and forums. By bringing relevant SCP information together, it seeks to create a pool of knowledge and a cooperative marketplace needed for switching to more carbon-efficient and sustainable lifestyles, and to also assist in making these lifestyles available to people in developing countries. It seeks to offer the possibility for developing countries to advance towards more resource-efficient, environmentally sound and competitive technologies, while minimising carbon consumption and waste, promising to reach a more sustainable development.
The SCP Clearinghouse today counts 800 members from more than 500 organizations based in about 100 different countries. Examples of initiatives already submitted to the Clearinghouse include mainstreaming education for sustainable consumption in Chile, Indonesia and Tanzania, conducted with the support of national ministries of both education and environment; and founding the World Resources Forum, a science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. The Forum promotes innovation for resource productivity and sustainable consumption and production by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, enterprises, non-governmental organizations and the public.