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Policy instruments for sustainable consumption: a comparison of United Kingdom and Australian initiatives


Gale, F, Policy instruments for sustainable consumption: a comparison of United Kingdom and Australian initiatives, Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics 2013 Conference Proceedings, 11-14 November 2013, Canberra, pp. 189-205. ISBN 9781740883986 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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At the 1992 Earth Summit, countries identified sustainable consumption and production (SCP) as a core part of the sustainable development agenda. International negotiations on appropriate policies and programs since then culminated in agreement at the 2012 RIO+20 Conference on a ten-year framework of programs. Despite a collective commitment to SCP at the UN, analysts report only limited national progress to date. In this paper, I set out a framework of policy instruments available to governments to implement an SCP agenda. I then compare progress on national implementation in the United Kingdom (a global leader) and Australia (a global laggard). I conclude that the UK claim to leadership may be overstated because, while it has established a formal SCP program unlike Australia, the policy mix in both countries is quite similar.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Sustainable Consumption, Policy Instruments, Australia, United Kingdom, United Nations
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:93111
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-07-14
Last Modified:2015-05-01
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