Sufficiency, as a third sustainability strategy, focuses on consumer and user behaviour with the goal of decreased absolute resource and energy consumption. Ifeu explores and integrates this topic in a number of projects.
The term sufficiency derives from the Latin ‘sufficere’ and may be translated as ‘to be adequate’ or ‘enough’. Sufficiency is a sustainability strategy with a key focus on the question ‘How much do we need, and why?’ It is based on a personal and societal definition of the right measure, i.e. the balance between the satisfaction of existing needs and the consumption of resources, and associated negative environmental impacts. Sufficiency seeks a change in attitudes towards time, space, market, property, and existence. Thus, a resource-light, solidary, comfortable and future-proof lifestyle and business practice may be enabled, facilitated and encouraged.