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Sustainable Systems

Sustainable Systems

To move towards a path for working towards achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume. The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets for responsible consumption and production. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important.

‘As economic growth accelerates, the signals are getting clearer: the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems will not support ‘business as usual’ for much longer’- Cambridge Institute of Business Leadership.

Whilst the traditional business models working around the world have created economic growth and wealth – they have not been able to address the issues of extreme poverty, inequality and the overall impact on the environment. To move towards a path for working towards sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume. The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets for responsible consumption and production. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important.

Sustainable consumption and production has been defined “the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of further generations” (Oslo Symposium in 1994).

Our goal in ‘Sustainable Systems’ is to advance solutions for achieving economic growth which on one  hand looks at improving processes and products, buildings, and energy systems that promote sustainability and on the other hand looks at how investing can trigger an enabling  mechanism that reshapes economic and social progress in Pakistan. This requires a channeling of investment into business models which have an agenda for sustainable development. Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  At CERB, we feel this requires a shift in consumption and production patterns which can be achieved through conducting research and development, encouraging investment by the development of indicators for measurement and reporting, and increasing the local knowledge on solutions for achieving SCP.

Sustainable consumption and production has been defined “the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of further generations” (Oslo Symposium in 1994).

Our goal in Sustainable Systems is to advance solutions for processes and products, commercial and industrial businesses, buildings, and energy systems that promote sustainability hence enabling a mechanism that reshapes economic and social progress.

Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  At CERB, we feel this requires a shift in consumption and production patterns which can be achieved through conducting research and development, the development of indicators for measurement and increasing the local knowledge on solutions for achieving SCP.

Publications

Solutions for SCP

Climate-Smart Agriculture in Pakistan

By: Abrar Chaudhury, Nadia Ayub

Sustainable Consumption and Production

A Business Primer: Sustainable Consumption and Production

By: Cambridge Institute of Business Leadership

Sustainable Consumption and Production

Pakistan National Action Plan on SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption and Production

By: Ministry of Climate Change (Government of Pakistan)