Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption and production is one of the fundamental prerequisites for achieving sustainability. It is defined as use of such products and services that meet the basic needs of society and improve the quality of life while minimising the consumption of natural resources, use of toxic substances, waste and pollutant production throughout the life cycle of the service or product in order to not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The Ministry of the Environment has long been involved in the subject matter. The Government Council for Sustainable Development approved a Framework Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Czech Republic already in 2005. The issues of sustainable consumption and production are also among the environmental priorities for the Czech Presidency over the Council of the EU.