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Feasibility of systems thinking in SCP policy - EV02030

The project explores the applicability of systems thinking to the future development of sustainable consumption and production policy. Systems thinking seeks to explain environmental impacts through addressing the wide range of actors and factors in which a particular product, process or practice is situated. It also seeks to promote sustainable innovation through catalysing a network of knowledge sources and social actors for transformative sustainable innovation for key societal functions. Some elements of systems thinking underpin the current policy approach to product roadmapping where life cycle approaches are employed to give a fuller picture of the system wide impact of particular products. This project explores the possibilities for building on this to include more of recent systems thinking on policies to facilitate innovation for environmental sustainability. The notion of an ecosystem of innovation has recently been adopted in UK policy along with a recognition of the need for innovation to enable a fundamental transition to a low carbon economy. The study reviews three short case studies of international examples of new systems thinking in environmental policy and strategies. These are: the Dutch Energy Transition Programme, the Austrian Technologies for Sustainable Development Programme, and the Energy2000/SwissEnergy Programme. The most advanced of these, in terms of explicit systems thinking, is the Dutch Transition Programme.
Project Documents
• Final Report : EV02030 - The Feasibility of Systems Thinking in SCP policy   (684k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2008

Cost: £19,794
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Brunel
Decision Making              
Sustainable Development              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production