In one of Nature’s articles on the world’s ever-growing consumption patterns, IRP panel members, Heinz Schandl, Stefanie Hellweg, and Paul Ekins shed light on the implementation of the SDG-12, Sustainable Consumption and Production. 

Heinz Schandl, a senior principal scientist at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), shared his perspective on the significance of ‘material footprint’, one of the main indicators of a nation’s sustainable consumption and production. 

Stefanie Hellweg, a professor of ecological systems design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, reflected on the vision of a circular economy. 

Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at University College London, discussed the rising consumption as a reason for offsetting the sustainability progress that has been made on the production side. 

The article concluded with an emphasis on the need to augment the existing research on sustainable consumption and production with further studies in the field of behaviour change.  

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