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 Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC 2003 Paris France F t

European Plant Science Organization

EPSO 2000 Brussels Belgium D y

European Platform for Chemicals Using Manufacturing Industries

CheMI 2003 Brussels Belgium F ty

European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals

EPRUMA 2005 Brussels Belgium F y

European Pond Conservation Network

EPCN 2004 Oxford UK F

European Power Supplies Manufacturer's Association

EPSMA 1995 Oxford UK D

European PPP Operating Companies in Infrastructure and Services

E3PO 2008 Brussels Belgium D y

European Pressure Equipment Research Council

EPERC 1995 Milan Italy D v

European PRO Committee

EUROPRO Paris France F y

European Producers of Specialty Aluminas

EPSA 2012 Brussels Belgium E

European Pulp Industry Sector Association

EPIS Helsinki Finland E t

European Reconditioners of Industrial Packaging

1975 Harrogate UK D t

European Recycling Industries' Confederation

EuRIC 2014 Brussels Belgium D yt

European Refractories Producers Federation

1953 Brussels Belgium D

European Refurbishment Association

EUREFAS Brussels Belgium D

European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources

ERFP 2001 Paris France E

European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration

ERC 2010 Krems Austria D

European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises

EURICSE Trento Italy G j

European Research into Consumer Affairs

ERICA 1973 Bicester UK F

European Retail Academy

ERA 2005 Rösrath Germany E

European Road Profile Users' Group

ERPUG 2012 F

European Round Table for Industry

ERT 1983 Brussels Belgium F vt

European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production Society

ERSCP Society 1994 E c

European Route of Industrial Heritage

ERIH 1999 Meerbusch Germany F

European Rural Development Network

ERDN 2002 Warsaw Poland F

European Safety Federation

ESF 1992 Harelbeke Belgium D

European Sales and Marketing Association

ESMA 1977 Clane Ireland D

European Salt Producers Association

EuSalt 1958 Brussels Belgium D

European Savings and Retail Banking Group

ESBG 1963 Brussels Belgium E

European Science-Industry Consortium for Biomaterials and Health Care


European Semiconductor Industry Association

ESIA Brussels Belgium E t

European Sensory Network

ESN 1989 Vienna Austria F y

European Ship Suppliers Organization

OCEAN 1976 Brussels Belgium D

European Shipyards' and Maritime Equipment Association

SEA Europe 2012 Brussels Belgium D

European Social Enterprise Law Association

ESELA 2015 London UK D

European Social Franchising Network

ESFN Gothenburg Sweden F

European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing

EUSAAT 1991 Vienna Austria D

European Society for Engineers and Industrialists

1999 Brussels Belgium G t

European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

SLSAeu Basel Switzerland D

European Society for Soil Conservation

ESSC 1988 Palermo Italy D v

European Society for Sonochemistry

ESS 1990 Milan Italy D

European Society of Concurrent Enterprising Network

ESoCE-NET 1991 Rome Italy D

European Society of Protective Clothing

ESPC 1997 Vila Nova de Famalicão Portugal D

European Soda Ash Producers Association

ESAPA Brussels Belgium E

European Solid State Device Research Conference

S c

European Solvents Industry Group

ESIG 1996 Brussels Belgium E t

European Spirits Companies Liaison Group

ESCLG Brussels Belgium E

European Spring Federation

ESF 1989 Hagen Germany D

European Stabiliser Producers Association

ESPA Brussels Belgium E y

European Standard International Association

ESIA Brussels Belgium J