Repackaging Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies into Sufficiency Approach: Identifying Missing “Prescription” Towards Sustainability Transition

Event: The 9th biennial conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the 25th annual conference of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST)
Date: June 27, 2017 / University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Policy intervention towards sustainable consumption is thus important in shifting the demand side/civil sector towards a sustainable socio-techno regime. i.e. altering provision systems and infrastructure. This is a shift from a technically oriented efficiency approach to a sufficiency approach. This shift in thinking is highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, which emphasize the need to shift forms of consumption to achieve the long-term goals of respecting planetary boundaries and decarbonization. This presentation first introduce conventional typology of policies, including sector-based, life-cycle based, and instrument-based classification. First, the sector-based typology ranges from traditional impact/input categories such as waste, water, air, and biodiversity to the key consumption domains such as food, housing, transport, and consumer goods. The second is defined in which stages of life cycle of product system, such as production, distribution, use, consumption, and disposal, the policy involves. Finally, instrument-based typology is by the differentiation of policy instruments such as economic, voluntary, and information-based instruments. However, none of the above typologies can capture all the systemic, holistic, and transitional perspective of SCP.