In Europe GRF works closely with the Sustainable Consumption and Action Research Initiative. SCORAI Europe aims to support a community that contributes forward-thinking, innovative research in the area of sustainable consumption, while also bridging academic research with mainstream thinking and policy making. SCORAI Europe cooperates closely with the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) and our sister SCORAI organization in North America, as well as other research networks that are focused on the challenges of addressing the society-environment nexus from a consumption perspective.
Central & Eastern Europe
In the context of the rapidly unfolding multiple systemic crisis (financial crises, peak oil, inequity, and climate change) the Central and Eastern European countries are in a unique position to develop an alternative sustainable development vision and model. Read more...
A variety of state level and intergovernmental initiatives related to SPC have been undertaken in Western Europe, with mixed results. GRF plays an active role, through SCORAI Europe and other institutions, in the regional dialogue on SPC. Read more...
At the World Resources Forum Conference in Davos, Switzerland, October 6 - 9, 2013, GRF's Philip J. Vergragt moderated a workshop entitled "Absolute Reductions: GRF-SPaC and the REDUCTIONS Project", on October 9. This workshop presented the first results of GRF’s flagship research project “Absolute Reductions: Reducing Environmental Degradation & Unsustainable Consumption Trends & Impacts On Nature & Society: Research, Policy and Practice”, which was financed by IGES. A critical aspect of sustainable production and consumption (SPaC) is a global reduction (in quantity) of materials and energy consumption to within ecological limits.