The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production – CSCP

The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production – CSCP ( was jointly founded by the Wuppertal Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2005 to establish an internationally visible institution for scientific research, outreach and transfer activities on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The CSCP comprises an interdisciplinary group of more than 50 researchers, consultants and experts from all over the world. They bring in expertise in the fields of economic sciences, engineering, journalism, design, political and social sciences as well as natural sciences. The work of the CSCP can be divided into three core areas:

  • Sustainable Lifestyles,
  • Sustainable Infrastructures, Products and Services and
  • Sustainable Business Models.

The scope of the Centre’s activities comprises development, testing, implementation and monitoring of projects and programmes, enabling leapfrogging sustainable consumption and production patterns and practices, knowledge transfer, multi- stakeholder and interdisciplinary networking and international partnerships. The programmes developed and carried out by the organization are built on three milestones: capacity building, establishment of infrastructures to support sustainable innovations and encouraging bottom-up participative models for sustainable innovation and its ripple effect on lifestyles.

The CSCP has been involved in several EU funded projects in FP6, FP7 and H2020, both as lead partner and partner, as well as projects funded by the German government and several companies.

CSCP is leading WP6 dedicated to consumer analysis and understanding of barriers and opportunities to foster the role of the consumer in enabling increased sustainability and resilience in food value chains in Europe. CSCP will contribute to the causality analysis work and qualitative model development in WPs 2 and 6 and participate in the workshops linked to their development. CSCP will also contribute to the case study work in WP5, participate in the workshops linked to the scenarios development in WP8, and contribute to the dissemination and communications activities as part of WP9.

The CSCP Team

Cristina Fedato

(female) Cristina is Team Leader on Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services at the CSCP and has over 15 years of experience as specialist, professor and consultant in the fields of Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Sustainable Procurement and Sustainable Supply Chains. She is a mechanical engineer and holds an MBA, with training on participant-centered learning from Harvard Business School. Cristina is Pedagogical Coordinator of a graduate course on sustainability management at FIA, an internationally recognized business school in São Paulo, Brazil. She is senior consultant for GIZ in Brazil, supporting the Emerging Market Multinationals (EMM) Network for Sustainability. Cristina is also member at the international ISO Commission PC277 – Study Commission for Sustainable Procurement, focal point from EcoVadis (Supplier Sustainability Ratings) in Brazil and senior consultant for GVces (Centre for Sustainability Studies at FGV´s Business Administration School). She is a member of the coordination group of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) of BM&FBOVESPA, the major Brazilian stock exchange. Cristina’s background combines education, research and consulting projects. She worked with organizations like Avina, GIZ, GRI, IADB, ISTR, RedEAmerica, SEKN, WBCSD, among others. She developed and implemented projects for many national and multinational companies from a variety of industries including Agribusiness, Chemical, Construction, Cosmetics, Energy, Finance, Food, Health Services, Logistics, Metal and Mining, Textile, Waste Management. She has written papers and other publications on social responsibility, sustainability and sustainable procurement published in Brazil, the United States, Europe, and Canada. Cristina is a Brazilian national.

Mariana Nicolau

(female) Mariana is project manager at the CSCP and her expertise lies in investigating lifestyle patterns and impacts in different cultural settings and in supporting the development of tools to foster stakeholder dialogue and more sustainable ways of living at different levels of action. Working with both public and private partners, Mariana is engaged in projects with relevant organizations such as the European Environment Agency (EEA), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and global ICT companies. Mariana is a lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Constitutional and Environmental Law from the University of Coimbra, Portugal and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. Mariana is a Brazilian national.

Luis Esquivel

(male) Luis is an industrial engineer with further education and experience in environmental management. He joined the CSCP in 2017 as a member of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services team and has supported the development of projects on topics related to food value chains, socio-economic impacts of digitalisation in agriculture, sustainable agriculture and sustainability assessment tools, among others. Luis holds a Master’s of Science degree in Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln), a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Universidad Latina of Costa Rica and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica. In 2012, he obtained a fully funded DAAD scholarship award to pursue M.Sc. studies in Germany and won the award of second best master thesis 2015-2016. He has participated in a certified training program in the process of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting. Luis is a Costa Rican national.