SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption And Production

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

Currently, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, especially in East Asia. The countries continue to face challenges related to air, water and soil pollution.

As sustainable consumption and production aim to “do more and better with less”, the net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution throughout the life cycle while improving quality of life. There also needs to be a focus on the supply chain, involving all stakeholders from producer to end consumer. This includes educating consumers about sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing adequate information through standards and labels, and participating in sustainable public procurement.

Did you know?
The global material footprint is growing faster than population and economic output.
1990: 43 billion per metric ton
2000: 54 billion per metric ton
2017: 92 billion per metric ton
2060: 190 billion per metric ton (Estimated)

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