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Key Facts:
Project start: 1 January 2011
Project end: 31 December 2012
Funding Scheme: European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme
(Coordination and Support Action)
EU Contribution: 1,423,082 €
Grant Agreement Nr: 263962


Coordinator: Collaborating Centre
on Sustainable Consumption and
Production (CSCP)
Project Director: Cheryl Hicks
Project Manager: Nora Brüggemann

EC Scientific Officer: Perla Srour-Gandon

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Experience Sustainable Lifestyles: New SPREAD publications and videos now available

Friday, 2013-01-25

Which steps do policy makers, business and civil society organizations have to take to enable the transformation to societies that support sustainable lifestyles? How do real Europeans think about the material use of their current lifestyles and the changes they face for living within the planetary limits? Which research questions are most pressing in the field of sustainable lifestyles?

In the past months, the SPREAD team has worked hard on different outputs of the project. We have presented them during our conference “Catalyzing Action: EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap & Action Plan to 2050" on November 26&27 in Brussels and they are now available for download. They include:

Short Movies on Promising Practices and the Scenarios

A set of short movies is presented different promising practices which already show today how sustainable lifestyles can be enabled. The four scenarios of different societies where sustainable living is the norm are brought to live in four other short movies.

Watch the short movies



EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan 2050

The roadmap uses the various outputs of the SPREAD project and extensive stakeholder input from 13 workshops to propose actions that will get us on track to more sustainable living in Europe in this decade - from social innovation, products, service and business model innovation, skills for jobs of the future, policy and governance recommendations. The document outlines the action strategies and opportunity spaces for policy makers towards more Sustainable lifestyles.

Download the roadmap



Policy Brief presenting the Roadmap for Sustainable Lifestyles in 2050

The policy brief gives easy access to the content of the EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan 2050 for policy makers. It demonstrates pathways to reach sustainable lifestyles in 2050 and gives recommendations on the role of policy in this process.

Download the policy brief



Final Research Agenda

The research agenda presents the most important topics for future research on sustainable lifestyles and the related methodologies. It aims to support EU research policy makers in the formulation of future research programmes that address societal challenges to sustainable lifestyles and that support the EU 2020 Strategy. In addition, the research agenda provides a clear overview of themes and topics that can be concretely taken up for further research.

Download the research agenda



iFuture – The Diversity of Sustainable Lifestyles

The document outlines the outcomes of the people’s forum which took place in Finland, Spain, Hungary, Germany and online with participants from all over Europe. It gives insights into their current and potential future lifestyles, it explores the real lives behind the footprints: the way these people live, move, eat, consume, spend their free time and why they do it that way; what they value, who are important to them, what motivates them, what holds them back, what they think about people around them, how they feel about change and the future.

The report looks at the diversity of people’s lifestyles, both now and in the era of sustainable lifestyles. It presents an alternative view; a view that takes a look at the actual material footprints of people from several European countries and the lives behind the footprints. It asks what exactly will change and what is the quality of that change.

Download the report



Catalyzing Action: Closing conference report

The report summarizes the content and findings of the project's closing conference held on November 26 & 27, 2012 in Brussels. Summaries of key note speeches, workshops and key messages give an overview on the topics covered and the discussions that took place.

Download the report



European Lifestyles: The Future Issue

The Future Issue is your guide redefining the good life and enabling the future you want. The magazine is summarizing all outcomes of the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 project. The issue takes you on a journey to the future and seeks to inspire the change agents in all of us. You learn about current unsustainable trends, see where the change is already happening today and which initiatives are leading. You can see how people like you and me can change their material footprint of today and live a sustainable life in 2050. You can also calculate your personal material footprint. To imagine how life in 2050 might look like, you can go on a journey to four different travel destinations displaying societies in 2050.

Download the report



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