Lars Fogh Mortensen is responsible for the work of the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Network Coordination and International Cooperation. He is a trained economist from the University of Copenhagen and has over 20 years of international experience on sustainable development analyses. He led for many years the work of the EEA on sustainable consumption & production and waste and prior to that he has worked at the OECD and the UN Rio Secretariat. He has written a large number of reports, articles and book chapters on sustainability, focusing on mainly on policy options, measuring sustainability, and systems of sustainable consumption and production.

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Our current economic systems have become addicted to “growth at all costs”, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [i]. They assume that GDP growth is synonymous with increasing wellbeing and prosperity.  However this approach has led to growing inequality, an escalating climate crisis, and the depletion of natural and social capital.  We …

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The adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 was a remarkable achievement. In the outcome document,1 heads of state, government, and high representatives commit to full implementation: “We have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centered set of universal …

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