Posted by: r.m. | March 22, 2010

Journal of Industrial Ecology…

The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) has recently published a special issue on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The papers of this issue are freely downloadable via:

The special issue provides rigorous and comprehensive insight into the life-cycle impacts of consumption on the environment. Studies from Switzerland, the UK and Australia discuss how income and lifestyle influence impacts of consumption. This work confirms earlier findings published in the JIE that 70 to 80 percent of environmental impacts are attributable to mobility, food, and the home (and related energy use). The special issue also reports on attempts to nudge consumers towards more sustainable consumption patterns. Papers discuss the role of context, social practices, informative instruments, etc.



  1. I feel really embarrassed to say that I never actually cared how what I do influences the nature or people around me. I just do it because I have to do it. and IF we have to think of everything we do and how it turns back to nature than why do we have cars? aren’t cars a nessecity!? yes. but they are a huge source of pollution since in each house we have almost 2 to 3 cars! well, the solutions is we have to balance our consumption it is the only way out!
    we have to regulate our needs to our consumption.

  2. Suleen Raad,

    Which article or articles from the Journal did you read?

    -Rania M

  3. I already read a review about Winners of UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards 2008 Call for Urgent Action on Climate Changeand, I was fascinated by their creation as recycling silicon chips, using solar energy in summer for home heating in winter and many others.

    The environment could not further burden the damage caused by humans (since they’re producing to live), it’s good to know about another move (that some wise men created a ten year framework of programs on SCP.)
    The most interesting part of it is the CO2 emission, it seemed so pathetic! We reached a point where we needed to take into account people’s “aspiration”. I think that the awareness in UK about CO2 emission is increasing since people are changing their life style pressured by the government for example taking the bus instead of individual cars. The study included the UK which is an industrially active country, but what about Lebanon!

    Then I thought the conclusion:” emissions are increasing with income and decreasing with education” seems logical why don’t we apply it to Lebanon. EUREKA I found it, the CO2 emission is increasing in Lebanon since lots of uneducated peoples reach a high economical status (due to unspeakable causes, i rather would not say them live). This double justifies the conclusion from the income part and the education part. How IRONIC!!!

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