Sustainable Consumption and Production

It is time to throw away throwaway-culture!

OUR GOAL: Becoming a forerunner region in Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Economies. Many more steps need to be taken so that future generations won’t be harmed by today’s unsustainable consumption and production patterns. By integrating economic, environmental and social aspects into the overall consumption and production framework we can create better solutions and make a difference. We target small and medium sized enterprises as important actors for sustainable production and Corporate Social Responsibility. By developing initiatives in these fields, we create both new business opportunities and competitive advantages in a greener economy. We put special emphasis on public authorities, who as large buyers of goods and services are key players in the shift towards sustainable production and consumption. We also specifically target youth groups and organizations to initiate actions aimed at empowering youth and promoting sustainable lifestyles. OUR ACTIONS:

  • Spreading sustainable consumption and production methods and initiating corporate social responsibility in small and medium sized enterprises;
  • Sharing knowledge and best practices in green public procurement; and
  • Creating environments for youth culture and sustainable lifestyles as well as supporting youth entrepreneurship

SPIN – Sustainable Production through Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The project was led by the German Federal Environment Agency and run during 2009-2011. SPIN aims at identifying and testing appropriate incentives for SMEs to apply eco-innovations and increase the exploitation of the innovation potential. Company performances can be made substantially more sustainable in terms of environmental, economical and social performance through technical and organisational innovations. This will lead to the creation of public benefits and private profits whilst reducing economic and environmental costs. The project identified eco-innovational highlights and support their dissemination and deployment. SPIN will reach out to more than 2000 SMEs in the region and assemble a database of best practices. The project elaborated and tested a transnational action plan enhancing the application of eco-innovations throughout the BSR. Database of innovational highlights has already been developed and is now being filled in. Country reports on SMEs needs have been completed. The project was a flagship project in the Action plan accompanying the EU BSR Strategy. Contact Daniel de Graaf Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Wörlitzer Platz 1, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau (Germany) Tel: +49 (0) 340 2103-3407 F ax: +49 (0) 340 2104 3407 Email:  

RECO Baltic 21 TECH

RECO Baltic 21 TECHBackground  Waste management is a matter of central concern to Baltic Sea countries, where significant disparities are seen: whereas in Germany or Sweden around 3 % of the household waste goes to disposal, this figure in Poland is over 90 %. Insufficient transnational actions in the field of waste management clearly hamper the development of this area in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The “Reco Baltic 21 Tech” (RB21T) is partly funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 and is running from October 2010 to December 2013. It aims at addressing this problem by fostering sustainable waste management (WM) in the Baltic Sea Region. The project aims at strengthening the capacity of Baltic Sea countries to climb the waste hierarchy and meet the various EU directives. RB21T is also expected to create innovative business opportunities in the Clean-Tech industry. Operationally, RB21T will establish a transnational and cross-sectorial platform for expertise exchange in waste management in the Baltic Sea Region, which will increase its competitiveness. RB21T will directly target and assist 30 decision makers on the local/regional and national level about to realize a waste management investment, drawing on the latest research and Best Available Technologies (BAT). Objectives of the project The overall objective of the project is to improve the local and regional capacity to apply the process of implementing waste management that support the implementation of the EU Waste Management Directive, helping countries in the Baltic Sea Region to address their problems with waste management and disposal. The sub-objectives of the project are:

  • Institutionalising the project results
  • To put into practice systematic approaches to waste management developed in the RB21T project (the network, Waste Management Planning System (WAMPS), guidelines and handbooks).
  • To provide a platform across the Baltic Sea Region that enables cooperation in waste management through close collaboration of expert organisations, suppliers of waste technology and stakeholders.
  • To elaborate a strategy (BSR level) and investment model that defi nes necessary actions ensuring organisational learning within and between authorities to continue to develop WM and lower the transaction costs. Exchange of good practice and Best Available Technologies
  • To jointly select and build pilot projects based on good practices.
  • To develop at least two concrete investment projects per country, disseminate them at the Baltic Sea Region level and attract external funds for these pilots of €20 million.
  • To give project partners opportunities to put into perspective their waste management needs, via the identification and exchange of good practice, to consider waste as an asset for innovations, business opportunities and employment.
  • To improve the capacity to overcome difficulties faced when selecting suitable waste management methods and techniques

One of the final outputs of the project Reco Baltic 21 Tech is an Investment Concept for municipal waste management in the Baltic Sea region which has been finalised recently The RECO project has recognized that the investment process is one of the cornerstones for a successful organization of municipal waste management. This document aims at describing the investment process as a cycle, taking into consideration the complexity and continuity of the process as well as the uncertainties related to the analytical tools, procurements, return on investments, evaluations, etc. It should provide practical assistance to all stakeholders interested in investments in municipal waste management. The project has been awarded the label of a CBSS-Baltic 21 Lighthouse project and is a flagship under the Horizontal Action Sustainable development in the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR. The projects final event “Baltic Sea Waste Management Conference – Cornerstones for Sustainable Waste Management in the Baltic Sea Region” will take place on 17th October 2013 in Minsk, Belarus. Please see further information on the conference as follows: Invitation Baltic Sea Waste Management Conference Programme flyer Baltic Sea Waste Management Conference RECO-Baltic Waste Management Council Members of the Baltic Waste Management Council   Please see this short video with Åsa Stenmarck speaking at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR:

EFFECT – Dialogue platform on Energy and Resource Efficiency

effet 260 pxEFFECT’s main aim is to map, communicate, foster and learn from good practice solutions on eco-efficiency in the Baltic Sea Region. The project will attract and enable cities, villages and BSR sub-regions as well as other relevant actors from the local, regional, national and pan-Baltic level to jointly develop and implement policies and concrete actions on becoming more energy and resource efficient, sustainable and resilient, while stimulating a greener economy. In the long term these activities will contribute to the creation of resilient societies and the promotion of the Baltic Sea Region as a green region. The project is funded by Swedish Institute, SI Baltic Sea Unit as Thematic Partnerships. 11 partners from Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Belarus are cooperating in the project that runs from September 2012 until August 2015. The project is a project in EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Action Plan under Horizontal Action 2Sustainable Development” and under the flagship “Creating a network of sustainable cities and villages” led by the Swedish National Board for Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket). The project has been approved as part of this flagship in EUSBSR PA “Climate“.

Furthermore EFFECT received the status of a CBSS Baltic 21 Lighthouse project at the 6th EG B21 meeting in November 2012. One of the main results will be a larger application with an extended partnership to one of the first calls under a new EU financial framework 2014 – 2020. The project therefore welcomes additional interested parties, especially from currently not participating countries within the Baltic Sea Region to become associated partners. The project is led by the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS, Baltic 21 Unit and is contributing to the implementation of the CBSS Strategy on Sustainable Development 2010 – 2015. The project officially kicked-off 21st – 23rd November 2012 with a main event in Stockholm. The kick-off meeting was back to back with the 6th meeting of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development, Baltic 21 and a round table workshop of the project Bioenergy Promotion, as well as the ReNERGY project also focusing on similar topics. The kick-off meeting was arranged at the CBSS Secretariat premises in Stockholm 21st – 23rd November 2012 back to back with the . The 2nd partnership meeting took place 25 – 27 June 2013 in Malmö Sweden in cooperation with Sustainable Business Hub, Malmö.

During the project implementation to the project partners also participated in the so called peer to peer visits and it this respect one of the project activities is the mapping of frontrunner regions in eco-efficiency in the BSR.  

See a short video with Sam Grönholm speaking at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR:

Contact: Krista Kampus, Senior Adviser  &Head of Unit, CBSS-Baltic 21,

Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat CBSS  P.O. Box 2010 103 11 Stockholm  Sweden


Baltic Green Public Procurement, Baltic GPP

Baltic GPPGPP is a tool widely recognized across Europe as having the potential to significantly contribute to a sustainable model of growth for countries and regions, by channelling the huge purchasing power of the public sector worth over 2,3 Trillion EUR towards more innovative and more eco-efficient products and services.

In order to ensure widespread implementation of GPP practices throughout the public sector it is critical to further build up the GPP experience already existing across the region. Baltic GPP contributes to overcome the insufficient use of innovation potential and low intensity of joint efforts by strengthening knowledge transfer and exchange on various important aspects of GPP.

At the same time the project makes use of the good preconditions for demonstrating the linkage between growth, social progress and protection of the environment and demonstrating that quality products, boosting innovation and high social standards can be combined for global competitiveness. Furthermore, it will explicitly contribute to implement the HELCOM agreement focusing on reducing pollution in the Baltic Sea Region by using the purchasing power of public authorities to reduce the amount of harmful substances such as cleaning agents into the environment.

With its core activities on capacity-building and pilot implementation of innovative and Eco-efficient approaches towards GPP and the product and service groups in focus such as property management, zero emission buildings and cleaning products and services, Baltic GPP contributes comprehensively to the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region.

Baltic GPP is a flagship under EUSBSR Horizontal Action Sustainable Development led by CBSS – Baltic 21. Baltic GPP project is a concrete result of macro-regional cooperation among member states authorities being responsible for procurement  that form the network on green public procurement, a flagship  lead by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, SEPA under EUSBSR PA SME. Baltic GPP has produced common training material and as part of the project also train trainers seminars in each partner country.

The overall aim is to increase the level and uptake of GPP in the entire region. The trainers will in turn educate procurers. This will be achieved by strengthening and developing the role of National Focal Points in each country as well as raising the knowledge and expertise within Core Procurement Institutions. The primary target groups of the project are experts and trainers, while the primary target group of the training material consists are actual procurers. Through specific actions the project will also target decision makers and SMEs. While project outputs and targets consider the entire BSR, initially only five countries are official partners; Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The project is funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme and has a total budget of almost 1.5 million Euros.  

See a short video with Daniel Sköld speaking at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR:

Project website

Lead partner contact details Mr Peter Nohrstedt Project director Procurement/Deputy MD Swedish Environmental Management Council, Semco Vasagatan 15-17 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden Phone: + 46 8 700 66 93 E-mail:

More information on the lead partner is available on the Swedish Environmental Management Council website

For further information on the network on Green Public Procurement in the Baltic Sea Region can be obtained via the SEPA website and through PA SME 

The European Commission is continuously working on European policies for Green Public Procurement. Find out more on DG Environment website 

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