Track 2: Policy & Society

Toward Sustainable Consumption: Policy Approaches and Perspectives


Timing: This workshop will be held on November 16, 8-10 a.m. (CET)



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Nordic Council of Ministers

National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand


Thumrongrut Mungcharoen

National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand

Torfi Jóhannesson

Senior Adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers

Moderator: Morten Jastrup

Managing Partner, Nordic Sustainability

Thematic focus

Trends toward sustainable consumption can be diverse depending on different factors such as demographic, income, lifestyles, culture or social concern. This workshop aims to demonstrate the different perspectives on how sustainable consumption can be achieved through bio-economy policy. Cases studies from different regions will be illustrated. An interactive white boarding session will be conducted with workshop participants divided into three groups based on their professional focus areas (Asia, Nordic, other international).

The objective of this workshop is:

To develop stakeholder maps for a better understanding of how bio-economy policy can support sustainable consumption.

Expected outcomes of the Workshop:

Graphical representations of the developed stakeholder maps.


Starting with a plenary, the workshop will be split up into working groups during its agenda (see below for more information).


All times refer to CET. Current time:

08:00 – 08:05: Welcome & Introduction to agenda by Co-chairs

Torfi Johannesson, Thumrongrut Mungcharoen

08:05 – 08:07: Polling of participants for clustering into group work later in the program

Participants choose if they have experience in the context of either: a) Asia b) Nordic or c) other International.

08:07 – 08:31: Global and Regional Perspectives on bio-economy policy and sustainable consumption 

(3 x 6 mins presentations) Description: This section will illustrate global and regional bio-economy policy on sustainable consumption.

Global Perspective on bio-economy policy & sustainable consumption

Speaker: Garrette E. Clark, Sustainable Lifestyles Programme Officer, Consumption and Production Unit, UN Environment, Paris

Perspective from NORDIC (title: “10 trends for the bio-economy and how they will affect consumption pattern”)

Speaker: Morten Jastrup, Managing Partner, Nordic Sustainability

Perspective from ASEAN (title: “ASEAN BCG network: policy to encourage sustainable consumption”)

Speaker: Thumrongrut Mungcharoen or NSTDA representative

08:31 – 08:37: Q&A

Moderated by Morten Jastrup

08:37 – 09:01: Deep-dive presentation: Case studies on bio-economy & sustainable consumption 

(3 x 6 mins presentations)

Deep-dive presentation 1: An international perspective on the future of textile bioeconomy

Speaker: RWTH Aachen

Deep-dive presentation 2: Sustainable food system- how culture shift became the driving force for more sustainable food consumption

Speaker: Marie Persson, Project Manager, Nordic Council of Ministers)

Deep-dive presentation 3: On-the-ground innovations for responsible and reliable living: From the individual behavior changes to the co-creation of alternative living contexts

Speaker: Atsushi Watabe, Programme Director, IGES)

09:01 – 09:07: Q&A:

Moderated by Morten Jastrup

09:07 – 09:37: Group work

Participants are divided into groups based on professional focus areas: a) Asia b) Nordic or c) Other world regions.

      • A brainstorming session is facilitated using a digital whiteboard, where participants map stakeholders to facilitate discussion of how to create greater interaction and exchange internationally.
      • The brainstorming session is split in two steps. First to create a list of important stakeholders and second a discussion-based construction of manifest, desirable and problematic relations between them.
      • The session should create a visible result in the form of a network visualization.

Moderators: Marco Schmitt, Christoph Heckwolf, Thomas Köhler

09:37 – 09:47: Presentation of group work results

Objective: Presentation of findings from group work

Parallel working groups

Marco Schmitt

Christoph Heckwolf

Thomas Köhler