ConsEnSus

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The ConsEnSus (Consumption, Environment and Sustainability) Project is a 4 year, large scale project exploring sustainable consumption in Ireland. It is a collaboration of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and NUI Galway.

The project will respond to national and international research objectives on sustainable consumption in three main ways:
1) It will generate important baseline data for Ireland in key areas of consumption that impact directly on the environment, including transport, energy, water and food.
2) It will address existing gaps in the international body of literature dealing with (sustainable) consumption
3) Advance possibilities for measuring sustainable consumption through the development and application of innovative social research methods. These include the design and testing of a multi-method strategy for evaluating virtual mobility tools.


Each stage of this project involves employing practical methods for the integration of the research into polices and programmes at a range of levels. The overall project will provide an overview of international best practice and design recommendations for national programmes concerning sustainable consumption and production policies, in addition to recommendations about procedures, techniques and policies for advancing sustainability at the local level.
The project involves collaboration with a number of key international and national agencies and organisations, such as SCRI in the UK and BordBia and the Sustainable Energy Agency in Ireland, and will assist these organisations in their decision making by providing essential relevant and timely information and research results. One of the key outcomes of the project is the development of an All-island Sustainable Consumption Research Network (SCRN). As the project focuses on the communication and dissemination of knowledge gained and on the substantial participation of the public and collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations, the overall project can be considered as a programme of science communication.

The interim reports which are available for download below are the outcomes of Work Package 1 of the ConsEnSus project, which focused on "Tools for governing sustainable living".
Both reports are the result of a desktop study conducted between April 2009 and March 2010. The objective of the desktop study was to first review the state of the EU Directives on sustainable consumption and production
(SCP) and catalogue international best practice models and tools for Quality of Life Proofing
in the area of sustainable consumption policies in Europe (see report 1 on 'best practice'). This review provided the basis for assessing Ireland's performance in the area of SCP policies and for developing a model of good governance of sustainable living for Ireland, which is discussed in the second report (Irish Policy Review).

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Dr. Jessica Pape
National University of Ireland, Galway
Environmental Research Scientist
Rm 124, National University of Ireland, Galway, School of Geography and Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway University Road, Galway City, Ireland
Telephone: 00353 (0)91 494117 / 446010
e-mail: consensus@nuigalway.ie

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Att 1    WP1_Best_Practice_Report_Sustainable_Consumption.pdf   (2.82 Mb)
Att 2    WP1_Irish_Policy_Review_Sustainable_Consumption.pdf   (0.65 Mb)

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Author(s)Pape, J.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationConsEnSus
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=09c589f6-6d15-102d-b891-8d8f2407b579
Unique Identifier09c589f6-6d15-102d-b891-8d8f2407b579
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-03-23

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=147
Resource Keywordsconsumption, environment, sustainability, crossborder household analysis Ireland
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2008-SD-LS-1-S1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeSocio-Economics
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st April 2009 (01-04-2009)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st November 2009 (01-11-2009)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 1st February 2010 (01-02-2010)
Published on SAFERWednesday 17th February 2010 (17-02-2010)
Date of Last EditThursday 13th October 2011 at 13:00:19 (13-10-2011)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 13th October 2011 at 12:12:29 (13-10-2011)

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A cross-border household survey on sustainable lifestyles will be carried out in Ireland (both North and South), 1500 face to face interviews in Dublin, Galway and Derry regions. The focus will be on individual consumption patterns in the areas of food, transport, energy and water. Respondents will be asked about their behaviour, motivators and barriers for more sustainable consumption behaviours. The data collection will be conducted in 2010 (finish presumably 12/2010). The information gathered will be processed in SPSS and a larga dataset will be created allowing to find out correlations between independent variables (demographics, values, etc) and dependent variables (sustainable consumption patterns).

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In the Irish context research in this critical field of sustainable consumption is only in its infancy. This interdisciplinary research project will establish a solid foundation for this evolving area and contribute to a better environment by delivering applicable and relevant data on sustainable consumption, based on theoretical and empirical research. Throughout the course of this project, new techniques, methods and models will be developed to assess, record and predict sustainable consumption behaviour. In addition to using statistical data (e.g. questionnaires) to examine consumption patterns and develop models, a number of qualitative research methods will be employed to gain a more nuanced understanding of the cultural embeddedness of consumption behaviour.

Furthermore, this research consolidates and builds on previous research conducted for the EPA (by the current PI, Prof Davies and associates), including ?Environmental attitudes and behaviour: values, actions and waste management? (# 2001-MS-SE2-M1) and the ?Development of practical tools for operationalising sustainable development? (#2005-SD-FS-23). The former research on environmental attitudes and waste management highlights how, at the European level, the emphasis in waste management policy has shifted away from end-of-pipe activities, such as disposal, upstream to production processes and consumer changes. One of the key conclusions of the latter research, conducted on quality of life indicators as practical tools for advancing sustainable development, identified the increasingly powerful ties between consumption and quality of life in Ireland. Both of these projects point to the urgent need for research directed at sustainable consumption to support the development of policy in this field.
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A cross-border household survey on sustainable lifestyles will be carried out in Ireland (both North and South), 1500 face to face interviews in Dublin, Galway and Derry regions. The focus will be on individual consumption patterns in the areas of food, transport, energy and water. Respondents will be asked about their behaviour, motivators and barriers for more sustainable consumption behaviours. The data collection will be conducted in 2010 (finish presumably 12/2010). The information gathered will be processed in SPSS and a larga dataset will be created allowing to find out correlations between independent variables (demographics, values, etc) and dependent variables (sustainable consumption patterns).
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