SVRVEnabling sustainable consumption and production – Recommendations for consumer policy

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Release date:
July 2020

German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV) at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), Berlin, Policy Brief

In the last few months before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the discussion about how to foster sustainable development in the Germany had gained a lot of momentum. This question briefly took a back seat during the crisis. However, the current discussion on conditions under which our food is being produced, among other things, shows emphatically that many problems remain unsolved. It is becoming increasingly apparent how necessary it is to develop sustainable concepts for the economy and out lifestyle that are viable for the future. The question of how a sustainable transformation of production and consumption structures can be politically successful is of outstanding importance.

Against this background, the SVRV recommends eight measures in its current Policy Brief with which consumer policy in the context of the German Sustainability Strategy can help to make sustainable consumption possible. In doing so, the SVRV takes into account the connections between a future-oriented transformation of the relevant systems and sustainable production and consumption structures.

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