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CUTS C-SPAC’ Initiative on Agenda 21 Commitments

All consumers are entitled to safe goods, services and the environment as it affects her/his life directly as well as indirectly. Feeling the need for more focussed attention in the area of consumer safety, in 1993, CUTS established Safety Watch as an independent programme based at the CUTS Calcutta Resource Centre.

 In response to progress of the programme and realising the strong interconnection between consumer safety, sustainable production and consumption practices, CUTS established the Centre for Sustainable production and Consumption (C-SPAC) in the year 2000.

 The work of C-SPAC draws from the objectives of Chapter IV of Agenda 21, which was adopted in the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, i.e. assisting individuals and households to make environmentally-sound purchasing decisions and minimising generation of wastes, encouraging greater efficiency in the use of energy and resources.

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Promote patterns of consumption and production that reduce environmental stress and meet peoples’ basic needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Networking, awareness generation and outreach on the use of environment-friendly technologies through workshops, use of media etc among the consumer groups etc

Takes stock of the use of environment-friendly refrigerators in India and evolved a strategy to promote them among consumers

 

Low consumer awareness on the use of environment-friendly technologies and hence industries are under less pressure to adopt them

Generate consumer awareness on the use of environment-friendly technologies

 

Promoting the adoption and use of environment-friendly technologies by industries through awareness generation and advocacy

Introduces the concept of the use of environment-friendly technologies through ecolabelling in the entire lead-acid battery industry

Little initiative and indifferent attitudes  among industries towards adopting  environment-friendly technologies

 

Advocate with industry representatives on the adoption and use of environment-friendly technologies

Generating awareness among the parliamentarians on environment-friendly technologies so they may in turn provide the political push at the appropriate levels

Forms a caucus of  parliamentarians for formulating policies and providing political push for the adoption of environment-friendly technologies by industries

Low level of awareness among parliamentarians on environmental issues and hence little political push for adopting  environment-friendly  technologies

Awareness generation among parliamentarians on environment-friendly technologies for providing necessary political push for their adoption

Develop a better understanding of the role of consumption and how to bring about more sustainable consumption patterns

 

 

 

 

 

Researching ‘green’ consumption in India to test the degree of awareness among consumers and producers about ‘green’ products and consumers’ willingness to pay

Compiles a survey report on ‘green’ consumption in India and currently in the process of researching why ecolabelling has failed in India

 

Issues relating to ‘green’ consumption and implementation problems of ecolabelling scheme need to be studied in detail

 

 

Planning to do in-depth studies on ‘green’ consumption and implementation failure vis-à-vis ecolabelling scheme of India

 

Operationalisation of the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection to Guidelines for Sustainable Consumption

Prepares a toolkit for better implementation of the UN Guidelines, including those on sustainable consumption

Implementation problems vis-à-vis the Guidelines, with little awareness on guidelines for sustainable consumption

To implement a scoping project for better implementation of the Guidelines, including those on sustainable consumption

Promote efficiency in production processes and reduce wasteful consumption in the process of economic growth, taking into account the development needs of developing countries

Awareness generation on cost-effective and environment-friendly production processes among industries

 

 

Conducts a number of workshops for promoting efficiency among industries, especially small ones, through cost-effective production processes and better use of resources

There is not much industry initiative to promote cost-effective and environment-friendly production processes, especially among the small industries

 

Awareness generation on the adoption of low-cost, environment-friendly production processes

 

 

Awareness generation on emerging consumption patterns, which could be  unsustainable in the long-run

Produces a number of papers on consumption patterns and how mis-leading advertisements help promote unsustainability

There is not much consumer awareness on the ill-effects of advertisements

Networking among consumer groups and consumer outreach on mis-leading advertisements and there effects on consumption patterns

Develop a domestic policy framework that will encourage a shift to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption

Advocacy and networking, including public education for the adoption of domestic policies for sustainable production and consumption

 

Conducts a number of consultation workshops and roundtables for creating a domestic policy framework for sustainable production and consumption

 

Lack of political will to create and adopt such a framework

 

 

Creation of a domestic framework through dialogues among stakeholders and then advocacy for its adoption and monitoring implementation

To reinforce both values that encourage sustainable production and consumption patterns and policies that encourage the transfer of environmentally sound  technologies to developing countries

Promoting local and national level planning for better environmental governance so that citizens become aware of sustainable production and consumption patterns and play an active role in achieving them

 

Co-ordinates local and  national programmes that promote sustainable production and consumption

 

 

Little awareness among consumers about their rights and responsibilities towards promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns

 

Awareness generation and co-ordination among consumer organisations for taking active part in environmental governance and achieving their right to healthy environment

 

Advocating for the transfer of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries

Organises advocacy tours and dialogues at national and international levels

Better co-ordination of advocacy efforts are needed

Adopt strategies for focussed and co-ordinated advocacy efforts with concerned agencies at national and international levels

All consumers are entitled to safe goods, services and the environment as it affects her/his life directly as well as indirectly. Feeling the need for more focussed attention in the area of consumer safety, in 1993, CUTS established Safety Watch as an independent programme based at the CUTS Calcutta Resource Centre.

 In response to progress of the programme and realising the strong interconnection between consumer safety, sustainable production and consumption practices, CUTS established the Centre for Sustainable production and Consumption (C-SPAC) in the year 2000.

 The work of C-SPAC draws from the objectives of Chapter IV of Agenda 21, which was adopted in the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, i.e. assisting individuals and households to make environmentally-sound purchasing decisions and minimising generation of wastes, encouraging greater efficiency in the use of energy and resources.

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CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION (C-SPAC) 

3 Suren Tagore Road, 2nd Floor 
Calcutta 700 019, India 
Ph:  91.33.2460 1424 
Fax: 91.33.2440 7669 
E-mail:   cuts-calcutta@cuts.org, cspac@cuts-international.org

 

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