2.2 Sustainable consumption – demand side bioeconomy policies
One of the greatest challenges humanity has to face in the 21st century is unsustainable consumption. The global demand for resources is rising to serve a growing and more affluent population. The consumption areas with the highest social and environmental impact are typically food and nutrition, mobility, and housing. Furthermore, the sustainability of clothing and consumer electronics is strongly debated. For example, one-third of the approximately 1.3 billion tons of food produced each year is lost or wasted; textiles are not recycled and the capacities of landfill sites are increasingly exhausted. Electronics and plastic waste are posing serious environmental and health problems. This tremendous impact of consumption has been addressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Workshop proposals submitted around this theme should aim to discuss and share experiences on the following issues:
- Policies and strategies for sustainable consumption: covering circular economy, tax and financial incentives, regulations, sustainable procurement, R&D support and experimentation.
- Good practices for sustainable consumption: including, but not limited to, the topic of new business models (sharing, repairing, collaborating), waste management incl. food loss/food waste reduction, resource and energy efficiency in consumption areas.
- Innovations and solutions for sustainable consumption: demonstrating how bio-based innovation and design for sustainability and value creation can contribute to sustainable consumption.
- Greening of economic development: how to reconcile economic development with sustainable consumption while enhancing social inclusion and perceived prosperity.
Torfi Jóhannesson, Nordic Council of Ministers
Morakot Tanticharoen, National Science and Technology Development Agency Thailand (NSTDA)
Torfi Jóhannesson is a senior adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers and has many years’ experience of policy development in bioeconomy and rural development. He grow up on a farm in Northern Iceland, graduated from the Agricultural University of Iceland in 1994 and received a PhD degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 2000. Since then he has worked as an Associate professor at the Agricultural University of Iceland; in rural development projects and in the Ministry of Industries and Innovation in Iceland, before joining the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015.
Morakot Tanticharoen is senior advisor to the President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). She is further Professor Emeritus at the School of Bioresources and Technology at the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and serves as a senior advisor to KMUTT’s President. From 2000 to 2008 Mrs. Morakot was director of the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC). During her directorship, she also served as Chairman of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Biotechnology (SCB). Mrs. Morakot is a leading Thai researcher in the field of microbiology and biotechnology. She holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island, USA.