The 7th Federal report on sustainable development, Making our consumption and production sustainable, in Part A assesses current evolutions towards the sustainable development objectives. In Part B, it explores two scenarios for transition towards a sustainably developing Belgium and world in 2050. A key element of this Report is the Federal long-term strategic vision for sustainable development (LTV SD) adopted by the government in 2013, which contains 55 objectives that describe a sustainably developing Belgium in 2050.
This Report is the 7th Federal report on sustainable development by the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), published under the Act of 5 May 1997 on the coordination of sustainable development policy. In accordance with that law, the Report is published in two parts. The first part is “a status report on and evaluation of the current situation and pursued policies regarding sustainable development”. The 6th Federal report Twenty years of political commitment to sustainable development? was dedicated to this. The second part develops a prospective view, which presents “alternative sustainable development scenarios for reaching the sustainable development objectives set out in the long-term vision”. This 7th Report fulfils this prospective mission.
The scenarios described in this Report show that society’s evolution towards sustainable development is possible. Along with the Federal Plans for Sustainable Development and the civil society opinions on these matters, this Report contributes to the learning cycle of the sustainable development policy established by the 1997 Act. It also provides information that is meaningful to civil society for participating in the public consultation on the draft Federal Plan for Sustainable Development.
However, the trends in some indicators, which are moving away from their objectives, and the difficulties in establishing integrated policies that take into account the LTV SD objectives show the importance of implementing proactive policies to meet the commitments made to go towards sustainable development.