This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

German Government – BMU and SCP

Drawn up by BMU, the German Government adopted the National Programme for Sustainable Consumption in February 2016. The programme sets out how the German government plans to systematically strengthen and expand sustainable consumption in various areas at national level, and in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (in particular SDG 12). It aims to turn sustainable consumption from a niche into a mainstream concept and increase consumer awareness of consumption patterns, while at the same time ensuring that all groups of the population are involved in sustainable consumption.

The One Planet Network

In the process of the United Nations on Sustainable Development, SCP was first defined at the 1994 Oslo Symposium as “the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of future generations”.

In September 2015, UN members replaced the existing eight Millennium Development Goals with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), comprising 169 targets and together forming the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. SCP was recognized as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda and in its importance was assigned a standalone SDG – number 12.

Within SDG 12, target 12.1 called for setting up the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production (10YFP) as a global commitment to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.

The global community working to implement SDG 12 forms the One Planet Network, and it is divided into programmes on food systems, tourism, consumer information, buildings and construction, public procurement, lifestyles and education. WWF’s project on SCP is officially affiliated to the Sustainable Food System Programme, and WWF is also member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Consumer Information Programme.