UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Germany)

Scientific support to clients from the private and the public sector

Akronym: CSCP

The ways in which products and services are delivered to our doors have become increasingly complex and global. Actions taken by designers, producers and consumers are all interlinked and can affect each other, and the global environment, in far-reaching ways. For instance, decisions taken by producers about the design of a product may have repercussions for the consumer in terms of the negative environmental effects that result from the use of the product. In the same way, decisions taken by consumers located on one side of the world might influence producers and communities on the other side. The challenge is to manage these interdependencies in a way that advances human development without causing harm to the environment. The CSCP was established in order to meet this challenge.