Resources round-up: climate factsheets, green procurement, policy database, wellbeing evidence, standards
A round-up of recent sustainable development resources highlighted by our partner, the Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN). For more news on sustainable development research and publications, join the network and receive regular SDRN mailings.
In this round-up:
- Climate Factsheets for climate change communicators and campaigners (Public Interest Research Centre)
- The Uptake of Green Public Procurement in the EU27 (Centre for European Policy Studies report to the European Commission)
- Database for Sustainable Development Policies and Measures (World Resources Institute)
- Well-being evidence for policy: A review (New Economics Foundation)
- Standards for Change? ISO 26000 and sustainable development (International Institute for Environment and Development)
Read about more recent publications and research in the latest SDRN bulletin…
With the overarching aim of helping to responsibly inform the public about climate science, the Public Interest Research Centre has put together a set of factsheets for climate change communicators and campaigners. Covering a broad range of topics, from temperature, Arctic sea ice and flooding to species extinction, these factsheets draw on peer-reviewed studies to present the issue in question.
Each factsheet presents one of the issues in question, setting the context, summarising the background science, and addressing the common objections raised by sceptics. Sources of evidence and claims are clearly referenced throughout, and each factsheet is accompanied by the affiliation and contact details of the experts consulted.
In 2008, the European Commission stated that by 2010, 50% of all public tendering procedures in the EU should be ‘green’.
This study, commissioned by the European Commission aims to measure whether or not this target has been met. With no standardised data on green public procurement (GPP) in Member States, the Centre for European Policy Studies and the College of Europe conducted a survey of over 850 public authorities from 26 Member States. The study finds that the 50% target has not been met, but notes an overall positive trend in the period 2009-2010, and examines evidence to support the conclusion that some form of GPP is being done at a large scale.
In an attempt to inform future GPP policy developments, the study also explores the variation in GPP uptake between countries surveyed, and asks how difficult public authorities find it to incorporate the green criteria into their procurement process.
The World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Development Policies and Measures (SD-PAMs) database is a tool which brings together policies and measures with an impact on climate change from 18 developing countries. Policies and measures can be searched by country or by policy type. The database is currently in beta testing phase, and the WRI welcomes all feedback on both the user-friendliness of the database and the accuracy of its contents.
This report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) aims to help translate current academic knowledge on the causes of well-being into a practical format for policy makers.
The report reviews evidence up to the end of 2011, providing an introduction to the state of current knowledge. The policy areas identified include: the economy, social relationships and community, health, the local environment, education and care. The report also explores non-policy aspects such as personal characteristics, which play an important role in understanding the factors that are important to individuals’ well-being.
NEF intend to update this review regularly to keep policymakers abreast of the academic development of well-being research.
The ISO 26000 standard provides organisations with guidance about how to implement social responsibility and contribute to sustainable development. This International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) report examines the contribution that ISO 26000 has made to sustainable development, and what its further potential could be.
The authors conclude that ISO 26000 encourages organisations to consider a far wider set of sustainable development issues than typical at present, but that there is room for improvement in other aspects of the standard, including independent certification and guidance on how to manage sustainable development issues in a more systematic way.
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