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Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains

Patrick Schroeder

in China's responsibility for climate change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428134
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428134.003.0008
Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains

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This chapter looks at China's responsibility for climate change from the perspective of ‘sustainable consumption and production’ (SCP). The SCP approach is an integrative analytical perspective that captures the complex relationship between economic activity, human well-being, and environmental degradation. Drawing on the SCP perspective, the chapter discusses the responsibilities of a range of stakeholders in China's consumption-and-production systems that are connected through global value chains. It shows that attributing responsibility for China's growing impacts on global climate is a complex issue because responsibility should be shared between producers and consumers within China and in other countries. The chapter identifies opportunities for using the SCP approach to undertake ‘environmental leapfrogging’ in the areas of energy, industrial manufacturing, urban development, and consumer behaviour.

Keywords: climate change; China; SCP; environmental degradation; global value chains; industrial manufacturing; urban development

Chapter.  8713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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