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Review of sustainable commodities - EV02019

The overall aim of this research is to build a robust evidence base to aid Government in developing policies which influence the environmental impacts of commodities consumed in the UK. The project will concentrate on the impact and effectiveness of policies and will identify where Government action can promote the sustainable use of commodities.

Summary of research plan:

1. Review of evidence:
A data and literature review will be carried out to identify the available evidence of the environmental impact of commodity use and consumption in the UK. The robustness of the evidence will be assessed in line with the current Defra interpretation. Risks associated with the use of particular datasets will be identified.
2. Commodity selection:
The identification of those commodities having a significant impact. The social, economic and environmental impacts of the commodity will be described and where policies or initiatives are having a benefit these will be identified.
3. General targets: The project will seek to identify reliable data on the broad scale of the impacts of UK commodity consumption to inform our understanding of the likely improvements required by future policy development. Gaps in Government activities will be identified and recommendations for actions to promote sustainable use of commodities made. Expected outcomes and benefits will be outlined.
4. Communications: The final report will be published in peer-reviewed journals and on the Defra web site. A seminar or workshop may be organised for potential users of the evidence base.

The final report is expected in September 2006.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Sustainable Commodities   (4045k)
• Final Report - Annex : Aluminium Case Study   (417k)
• Final Report - Annex : Cut Flowers case study   (604k)
• Final Report - Annex : Fishmeal Case Study   (1738k)
• Final Report - Annex : Lumber, pulp and paper case study   (1187k)
• Final Report - Annex : Palm Oil Case Study   (979k)
• Final Report - Annex : Shrimp case study   (925k)
• Final Report - Annex : Soya Case Study   (1290k)
• Final Report - Annex : Sugar Case Study   (407k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2007

Cost: £72,526
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick Ltd
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Procurement              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production