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Climate change: consumption of goods and services

Consumption is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The City of Geneva’s aim is to “consume less and better”.

The City of Geneva’s aim is to “consume less and better”. The city will therefore be implementing strong measures to support and speed up the transformation of our current modes of consumption to alternative modes that must be more desirable, practical and affordable than they are today.

Short supply chains and the circular economy will be central to its actions.

Hyperconsumption and planned obsolescence

Food produces the most emissions of all the various goods consumed. These are derived mainly from the ways in which food is produced, a high level of meat consumption, and food waste. The impact is air traffic due to the city’s population. One of the main objectives under this heading is a healthy, local diet with less emphasis on meat. The City will strengthen its cooperation with the various key players in Greater Geneva to ensure a supply of high-quality food that is accessible to all.

The City of Geneva is a small area whose economic  activity is primarily in the tertiary sector. It does not have enough space to satisfy its population’s demand for goods and therefore has to import the majority of everyday products, such as clothing and shoes, phones, household appliances, etc.

As a result, it is difficult to reduce the GHGs emitted City actions elsewhere when these goods are being produced. As a result, the City has chosen to act mainly on modes of consumption by supporting the sustainable use of resources, sharing, recycling and the circular economy more generally.

Actions implemented by the City of Geneva

  • Active promotion of vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets;
  • Development and reinforcement of anti-waste measures: sharing, rental, second hand and repair;
  • Prohibition of commercial advertising on the public domain;
  • Advent of a legal framework against planned obsolescence;
  • Provision of spaces for the processing and sale of local food products.

Article modifié le 29.09.2022 à 12:08