The European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) Society is a research and action oriented society that provides a platform for the stimulation, development and dissemination of new initiatives aimed at fostering the implementation of concepts and approaches for (i) sustainable consumption and production, (ii) sustainable products and services, (iii) local and regional sustainability-related initiatives, and (iv) urban sustainability-oriented initiatives. It started as a network around a series of conferences under the name European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) that started back in 1994 when the first Roundtable was organised in Graz, Austria. Its members present work from a wide range of backgrounds - from the specific to the holistic. Until 2002 the series of conferences were known as the European Roundtable for Cleaner Production.
Focus and aim
The ERSCP Society focuses on fostering dialogue and co-operation among all interested stakeholders, nationally and internationally and involves trade and industry, agriculture, forestry, fishery and tourism, governments at central, regional and local level, educational and research institutions, consultants, financial institutions, trade unions, and consumer and NGOs, in particular environmental NGOs.
The ERSCP Society seeks to motivate and encourage all stakeholders to work on new ideas of Sustainable Consumption and Production in order to promote transition to sustainable societies. ERSCP aims to bring together stakeholders from Europe and guests from throughout the world and Roundtable Conferences and other meetings hosted by different countries. Roundtables aim to combine research sessions with interactive sessions and workshops designed to provide optimal opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience, develop new project-ideas and new networks, to find new co-operation partners and to establish new collaborations.