The Gender Dimension of Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Microsurvey-Based Analysis of Gender Differences in Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors in the People’s Republic of China

Publication | December 2020

Using microsurveys in the People's Republic of China, this paper explores how gender affects sustainable consumption and production. It calls for increasing women's capacity in shaping environmental solutions to achieve this goal.

Sustainable consumption and production is the concept of doing more with less and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation. The study finds that women exhibit greener living and working habits than men. To encourage and increase women’s capacity in shaping environmental solutions, the study emphasizes the need to address economic and political gender gaps and strengthen awareness on the impact of consumption on the environment and people.


  • Introduction
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production and Gender Gaps in the People's Republic of China
  • Data
  • Consumption Behaviors
  • Production and Awareness of Environmental Issues
  • Three Conflicts that Affect Women's Action and Impact in Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Areas of Action to Reduce Gender Gaps and Positively Affect Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • China, People's Republic of
  • 40
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS200401-2

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