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Policy instruments for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Dissemination event

26. Mai 2009 10:00 - 16:30
Die Ergebnisse des von IÖW, IES und SIFO durchgeführten Projekts ASCEE (Assessing the potential of various instruments for sustainable consumption practices and greening of the market) und des SCOPE2-Projekts werden am 26. Mai in Brüssel vorgestellt.

More information and registration:
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Institute for European Studies (IES), Free University of Brussels
Pleinlaan 15, B 1050 Brussels


In quick pace, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) has become one of the most important topics in the sustainability field. The 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation called for a “Ten Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy of 2006 mentioned SCP as one its key priorities. Subsequently, the EU worked out in a very short time its Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Competitiveness, published in 2008.In support of these processes, the EU’s 6th Framework program funded in 2006 two projects that analysed the effectiveness of policy instruments in realising SCP. It concerns:

• SCOPE2 (Sustainable Consumption Policy Effectiveness Evaluation), by TNO, Lund University/IIIEE & SERI;

• ASCEE (Assessing the potential of various instruments for sustainableconsumption practices and greening of the market), executed by IÖW, IES & SIFO.

Both projects now have come to an end and will present there findings.
Both projects provide important insights into how to shape policies and use policy instruments, both in a traditional and innovative way, to foster SCP. Both studies made broad inventories of instruments, looked at voluntary (business) initiatives, analysed case studies, and examined how instruments and initiatives can be combined in a systemic context to create most synergies and positive effects.
The event will present the results of the projects, and provide a platform for discussion and exchange with similar ongoing initiatives. The event can accommodate around 60 participants at maximum and is free of charge.
You can register until 5 May 2009 at under the ‘register’ link. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the latest reservations in case of room overbooking (prior e-mail notification).

The program includes a poster session. People working on projects in similar areas are invited cordially to send a short abstract (or a PDF of the poster) before 5 May 2009 to: fernando.diazlopez(at) – there will be no formal peer-review, though the organizers will remain the right to reject posters if they are obviously out of scope or clearly below quality.The workshop is in part also a preparative event for the launch of the a Blueprint on European Sustainable Consumption and Production, organised by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Europe’s largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations. SCOPE2 project team members contributed to the writing of this document. The Blueprint Launch takes place at Wednesday 27 May, location to be announced, in central Brussels (for more information you can contact Doreen Fedrigo of EEB at doreen.fedrigo(at)


Mehr Informationen und Registrierung unter (in Englisch):
registration form (PDF 38 KB)


Institute for European Studies (IES), Pleinlaan 15, B-1050, Brussels, 5th floor

09:00-10:00 Registration, coffee

10:00-10:10 Welcome: project managers (Arnold Tukker (TNO), Gerd Scholl & Frieder Rubik (IÖW))

10:10-10:50 Setting the scene: developments in European SCP policies
[Representatives of policy circles, to be confirmed]

Selected results of SCOPE2
10:50-11.05 Sylvia Lorek (SERI): Effectiveness of policy instruments

Coffee break

11.25-11.40 Oksana Mont (IIIEE) Effectiveness of bottom-up business action

11.40-11.55 Arnold Tukker (TNO): Integration and SCOPE2 conclusions

11.55-12.15 Discussion


Selected results of ASCEE
13.15-13.30 Katja Biedenkopf (VUB): Promising tools and approaches to support
sustainable consumption

13.30-13.45 Gerd Scholl & Frieder Rubik (IÖW): ASCEE’s conclusions and

13.45-14.00 Discussion

Coffee break

14.20-15:20 Moderated discussion in breakout groups

15:20-16:20 Feedback from breakout groups and Panel discussion about the way
(e.g. EEB, DG ENV, other, t.b.i.)

16:20-16:30 Conclusions and closure (Arnold Tukker (TNO), Gerd Scholl & Frieder
Rubik (IÖW))


Mehr Informationen und Registrierung unter (in Englisch):
registration form (PDF 38 KB)

Bei inhaltlichen Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an:

Dr. Frieder Rubik

Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOEW)
Office Heidelberg
Bergstraße 7
D – 69120 Heidelberg

Phone: ++49 (0)6221-64 91 6-0
Fax: ++49 (0)6221-2 70 60
Email: frieder.rubik(at)