The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) was jointly founded by the Wuppertal Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2005 to establish an internationally visible institution for scientific research, outreach and transfer activities on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The CSCP comprises an interdisciplinary group of more than 50 researchers, consultants and experts from all over the world. They bring in expertise in the fields of economic sciences, engineering, journalism, design, political and social sciences as well as natural sciences. The work of the CSCP can be divided into three core areas: 1) Sustainable Lifestyles, 2) Sustainable Infrastructures, Products and Services and 3) Sustainable Business Models and Entrepreneurship.
The scope of the Centre’s activities comprises development, testing, implementation and monitoring of projects and programmes, enabling leapfrogging sustainable consumption and production patterns and practices, knowledge transfer, multistakeholder and interdisciplinary networking and international partnerships. The programmes developed and carried out by the organization are built on three milestones: capacity building, establishment of infrastructures to support sustainable innovations and encouraging bottom-up participative models for sustainable innovation and its ripple effect on lifestyles.
The CSCP has been involved in several EU funded projects in FP6, FP7 and H2020, both as lead partner and partner, as well as projects funded by the German government and several companies.
Currently the CSCP is, for instance, working in the EU SCALIBUR project on bio-waste recycling (http://www.scalibur.eu/) or the EU R2pi project on circular economy business models (http://www.r2piproject.eu).