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.

Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle, while increasing quality of life. It involves different stakeholders, including business, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media, and development cooperation agencies, among others.
It also requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to final consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

Learn more at: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-consumption-production/

A Cost-Based Material Management Model for a Sustainable Hotel Supply Chain

The hospitality sector is facing pressure to increase its cost-effectiveness while maintaining a high environmental standard. Researchers from Abu Dhabi University focus on material management and develop a cost-based optimization model for high quality, sustainable material management.

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Renewable Energy Adoption: Analysis of Barriers and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Nigeria, rely heavily on fossil fuels for both export earnings and citizens’ incomes. In recent years, Nigeria has been investing in renewable energy and resources to make use of the

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Recyclable Fine Aggregates in Concrete

Over the years, recycling has allowed for a 186 million metric ton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers looks to further that reduction by integrating concrete into the recycling process. As the construction market continues

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Optimal Temperature Control in Smart Buildings via Model Predictive Control

Energy used for building climate control makes up over half of all energy usage in the residential and commercial sector. In order to lower this consumption, researchers at Nanyang Technological University developed a way to

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Using “Go and See” events to reduce water, energy and landfill costs

The lean approach of “Go and See” has allowed many companies to make great strides in process improvement, by encouraging leaders and engineers to walk out to the work area to solve problems. The same

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Implementing Sustainability Into Your Existing Lean and Six Sigma Program

Description The best approach to drive sustainability into your company is to incorporate it seamlessly into your existing continuous improvement program, but it won’t happen automatically without some key tips. Learn how to explain sustainability

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