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Sustainable Consumption and Production: Exploring the Links with Resources Productivity in the EU-28

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Doctoral Program in Economic Analysis and Business, University of A Coruna, 15070 A Coruna, Spain
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Department of Business, University of A Coruna, 15070 A Coruna, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8760; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218760
Received: 31 August 2020 / Revised: 18 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sustainability Oriented Innovations)
In the framework of the European Union’s Sustainable Development Policy, the promotion of sustainable consumption and production patterns has been a key issue. The explanation is given by their capacity to address social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation. The EU has established an extensive range of proposals on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), which include an energy- and resource-efficient economy, circular economy, waste prevention and recycling, among others. This paper contributes, by using both factorial and regression analysis, to the identification of fundamental constructs that define SCP in the EU-28, their links with resource productivity and the role of governments and enterprises in its improvement by means of investment in research, development and innovation over the period 2001–2018. Some recommendations to policy-makers are proposed in the paper in order to take actions directly on SCP, such as promoting the use of recycled raw materials in public works, or imposing the need for Ecolabel certification to contract with public administration. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable consumption; sustainable production; research and development; factorial analysis; regression analysis sustainable consumption; sustainable production; research and development; factorial analysis; regression analysis
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Pineiro-Villaverde, G.; García-Álvarez, M.T. Sustainable Consumption and Production: Exploring the Links with Resources Productivity in the EU-28. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8760. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218760

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Pineiro-Villaverde G, García-Álvarez MT. Sustainable Consumption and Production: Exploring the Links with Resources Productivity in the EU-28. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):8760. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218760

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Pineiro-Villaverde, Gustavo, and María T. García-Álvarez. 2020. "Sustainable Consumption and Production: Exploring the Links with Resources Productivity in the EU-28" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 8760. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218760

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