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Annika Varnäs

Making the Business Case towards Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Consumption

To tackle the enormous challenge of climate change, simply improving efficiency in the production of goods and services will not be sufficient. It is vital that businesses look beyond promoting increased sales of low-carbon products and services.

There is a need to also transform markets by replacing high-carbon consumption patterns with low-carbon ones. This challenge of shifting to dramatically low-carbon lifestyles constitutes a big opportunity for companies.

But what strategies can help businesses tap these opportunities? In a series of booklets directed to companies, this project aims to answer this question.

The booklets focus on six strategy areas, spanning from short-term actions aiming at quick responses to long-term actions targeting a paradigm shift:

- What are the business opportunities and challenges behind the sustainable consumption agenda?

- How to drive business value through sustainable consumption business strategies?

- What does sustainable consumption mean for major business sectors?

- What are sustainable consumption business strategies?

- What public policy framework is required to encourage sustainable consumption business strategies?

- What sustainable consumption opportunities are there in developing countries?

- Which partnerships are required for sustainable consumption?

This booklet series is part of the activities of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles coordinated by the Swedish Ministry of Environment. In this project, the SEI is collaborating with the UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Booklets available on our website
- How can Business Encourage Sustainable Consumption in Base of the Pyramid Markets?
- What public policy framework is required to encourage sustainable consumption business strategies?


The booklets can also be viewed here (external link)...

Geographic focus: Global

Funder: Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles

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