Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production


Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life. There also needs to be significant focus on operating on supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. This includes educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing them with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

European Kansei Group

EKG 2014 Zaventem Belgium E

European Kraft Paper Producers for the Flexible Packaging Industry

CEPI Eurokraft Stockholm Sweden E t

European Laboratory for Industrial and Territorial Excellence

E.L.I.T.E. Ozzano dell'Emilia Italy G

European Landscape Contractors Association

ELCA 1963 Brussels Belgium D y

European Large Families Confederation

ELFAC 2004 Barcelona Spain D

European Law Faculties Association

ELFA 1995 Leuven Belgium D

European Law Firms Association - Avrio Advocati

1987 Londonderry UK D

European Lead Sheet Industry Association

ELSIA London UK D t

European Learning Industry Group

ELIG 2002 Paris France E

European Locksmith Federation

ELF 1964 Helsinki D t

European Lubricating Grease Institute

ELGI 1989 Amsterdam Netherlands E j

European Malt Product Manufacturers Association

1975 Felixstowe UK D

European Managers in the Transport Industry

1970 Paris France D t

European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene

EUMEPS 1989 Brussels D

European Marketing Confederation

EMC 1992 Brussels Belgium D

European Melamine Producers Association

EMPA Brussels Belgium E

European Metal Union

EMU 1954 Brussels D

European Milk and Juice Carton Producers Association - Belgium

EMC Dilbeek Belgium N

European Mollusc Producers' Association

EMPA 1999 Paris D

European Mortar Industry Organization

EMO 1991 Brussels D t

European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics

ENBIS 2000 F t

European Network for Conservation/Restoration Education

ENCoRE 1997 Copenhagen Denmark F

European Network for Qualitative Inquiry

ENQI 2017 Leuven Belgium F

European Network for Responsible Consumption

2001 Chaumont-Gistoux Belgium F

European Network of Agricultural Social Protection Systems

ENASP Kassel Germany F

European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development

ENCORD 1989 D

European Network of ex- Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

ENUSP 1991 Copenhagen Denmark F

European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies

ENCA 2007 Vienna Austria F

European Network of Political Foundations

ENoP 2006 Brussels F

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility

ENSSER 2009 Berlin Germany F

European Network of Security Professionals, Research and Industry

LSEC Heverlee Belgium G t

European Network of Social Integration Enterprises

ENSIE 2001 Brussels F

European Nursery Products Confederation

ENPC 2011 Brussels D

European Oleochemicals and Allied Products Group

APAG 1976 Brussels Belgium E

European Organic Certifiers Council

EOCC Brussels D

European Organic Fertilizers Manufacturers Association

EUROFEMA 2007 Grobbendonk D t

European Organisation of Tomato Industries

TomatoEurope 1963 Brussels Belgium D t

European Organization for Packaging and the Environment

EUROPEN 1992 Brussels D

European Organization of Agricultural and Rural Contractors

1961 Brussels E

European Organization of Cosmetic Ingredients Industries and Services

UNITIS Paris France G t

European Organization of the Sawmill Industry

EOS 1958 Brussels Belgium D t

European Outsourcing Association

EOA London UK F

European Paper Merchants Association

Eugropa 1971 Hamburg E

European Parliamentarians and Industrialists Council

EPIC 1983 F tv

European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing

EPAA 2005 Brussels E y

European Partnership for Responsible Minerals

EPRM 2016 The Hague F y

European Passive Components Industry Association

EPCIA Brussels Belgium E t

European Patients Empowerment for Customised Solutions

EPECS 2007 Maastricht Netherlands G

European Phenolic Foam Association

EPFA 1990 Bordon UK D

European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC 2003 Paris F t

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