SPREAD shows how to hit the 8,000 kg target for sustainable lifestyles by 2050, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012

The final conference of the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 platform will be held in Brussels on 26-27 November to present a roadmap and action plan for sustainable lifestyles to 2050. Findings and results will be presented in presence of EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, responsible for Research, Innovation and Science. Knowledge and recommendations generated in the project will be included in a comprehensive research agenda for the European Commission.

EuroHealthNet will lead the workshop on how to mobilise sustainable development actions for healthy and equitable lifestyles. This will challenge participants to identify and plan actions that will activate health, well-being and social equity aspects of the SPREAD roadmap. Chronic problems across Europe such as obesity and mental ill health show the need for a roadmap towards healthier lifestyles. New business models are being developed to enable the transition to more sustainable and healthy ways of living by 2050.

The roadmap outlines ways for more sustainable living practices across Europe, critical to achieving the EU and WHO 2020 strategies. With a headline target of a material footprint of just 8,000 kg per person per year, compared to 45,000 kg average now, SPREAD has developed scenarios of four possible futures and pathways to get there.

For more details on the agenda, registration and practical information, click here.

SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050

The SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050, European Platform project has been running from January 2011 to December 2012. A diverse group of societal stakeholders from business, research, policy and civil society have been invited to participate in the development of a vision for sustainable lifestyles in Europe by 2050. The Roadmap towards more sustainable living in Europe is a key outcome, which proposes opportunity areas for policy, research, business and civil society.

SPREAD2050 is funded under the European Commission's FP7 programme, Grant Agreement 263962. The project coordinator is the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Germany. EuroHealthNet is one of the partners of the project consortium in addition to the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Demos Helsinki, Politecnico di Milano (Polimi); The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University (ULUND), Regional Environmental Center for CEE countries (REC), Ecoinstitut Barcelona (ECOI), The Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED) and Ashoka.

For further questions, contact EuroHealthNet Public Health Senior Officer Cristina Chiotan(tel.: 00 32 2 235 03 20), or Rosa Groezinger

SPREAD is a project funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).