Launch Event: Statement by Minister Plenipotentiary Reinhard Krapp on the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production

01.07.2014

"Mr. Ministers, Mr. President of ECOSOC, Excellencies and colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a privilege for me to welcome you all here today at this important event in the margins of the High Level Political Forum. We are launching today the Consumer Information Programme of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Germany is honored to act as a co-lead of this programme, together with our partners from Indonesia and Consumers International. 

The 10YFP is undoubtedly one of the most concrete outcomes of the Rio+20 conference. We have to make our consumption and production more sustainable if we want to achieve our overarching goals of poverty eradication and sustainable development. Sustainable consumption and produc-tion has a truly cross-dimensional character, encompassing all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. It is instrumental for achieving our environmental goals and targets on climate change, resource efficiency, biodiversity, and reduction of air and water pollution to name but a few. It is also a prerequisite for providing enough food for all and for achieving sustainable growth of our economies. SCP therefore needs to be duly reflected in the post 2015 Development Agenda. We are confident, that we will be able to find consensus by mid-July in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, on how to frame SCP into concrete goals and targets. 

Let me provide an example for the relevance of SCP from a national perspective: 

My country, Germany, has embarked on the transformation of its energy system. It is built on two pillars: a significant in-crease in energy efficiency and a cost effective and rapid expansion of renewable energy. This process represents a huge technical and economic as well as a fundamental ethical and cultural challenge. But it is also offers unique opportunities for innovation and improved competitiveness. Both the supply side (energy generation) and the demand side (energy use) have to contribute their share. 

In Germany consumption by households is directly and indirectly responsible for more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.    30% of electricity is used for household appliances which represents 12% of all greenhouse gas emissions.   

It is our national experience that we have to reach out to the demand side. Consumer information is essential here. The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme we are launching today will contribute to reaching out to millions of consumers worldwide. It will enable them to choose more sustainable products and services thus contributing to achieving our goals and targets for the sustainable future we want. 

I thank you for your attention."

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