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Task Group on catalysing science-based-policy action on SCP

Report of the Task Group "Catalysing science-based policy action on sustainable consumption and production: the value-chain approach and its application to food, construction and textiles" is available here

The report was released on 19 February 2021 at a digital event on the sidelines of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly. More information is available here

Watch the recording of the event

Task Group on catalysing science-based-policy action on SCP:                           

The science is clear on the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource use, and the positive impacts this would have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and driving socio-economic development.

Yet this evidence does not always reach key decisions makers in a way that is relevant and actionable.

Our stakeholders, whether governments or businesses, need comprehensive and tailored information to help identify priorities, implement strategies, and monitor impacts around the sustainable management of natural resources. 

To meet this need, the United Nations Environment Assembly has requested that the One Planet network and the International Resource Panel form a task group to catalyse science-based-policy action on sustainable consumption and production. 

Aim and Goals of the Task Group :


The Task Group comprised of the International Resource Panel and One Planet network aims at preparing a pathway for increased uptake by the One Planet network (governments, business, and other stakeholders) and beyond of the scientific data in the International Resource Panel's reports and other available reliable sources, such as UNEP reports and data on material footprint, material consumption and related data accessible through tools such as the SCP-Hotspot Analysis Tool and the World Environment Situation Room, among others. This will be addressed by "translating" the information in these reports and other data sources to extract key data and messages and develop actionable science-based recommendations responding to the needs of different stakeholder's groups including policy makes and businesses.

Approach of the Task Group

To achieve its aim, the Task Group applied the value-chain approach to 3 prioritised sectors: Construction, Food and Textiles.

The value-chain approach anchors natural resource use and environmental impacts within the socio-economic reality of production and consumption and uncovers actionable insights on how the management of resources is connected with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The approach analyses and discusses data and information in three main steps:


Interactive presentation of the value-chain approach is available here

For a detailed overview of the Value-Chain Approach and its stages click here 

Application of the value chain approach:

        Food           Construction  Textiles  
Step 1: Understanding the value chain & identifying hotspots document here document here Overall report here

Step 2: Consolidating existing action & identifying opportunities

document here On-going
Step 3: Defining a common agenda & prioritizing action On-going  


Composition of the Task Group: 


    Full Terms of Reference of the Task Group are available here


    Meetings of the Task Group:

    1st meeting (16.12.2019): Minutes / Presentation

    2nd meeting (20.02.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    3rd meeting (08.04.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    4th meeting (06.05.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    5th meeting (08.07.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    6th meeting (17.09.2020): Minutes / Presentation


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