SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

by Oct 10, 2018SDG Goals, Sustainable development goals0 comments

What is the purpose of SDG 12?

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns to succeed in stopping climate change. The goal is to achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources by 2030. Moreover, all countries should take action in order to implement the 10-year framework to implement responsible consumption and production. Additionally, this goal aims to reduce global food waste at retail by half, including production losses and post-harvest losses. SDG 12 addresses the reduction of waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse. Less than 20% of all electronic waste reaches the recycling process.

Finally, the purpose of this goal is to ensure companies and organisations adopt sustainable solutions and integrate that information into their reports.

Reasons to work with SDG 12:

We are currently exceeding our global resource capacity at an alarming rate. Earth overshoot day comes earlier each year, and predictions follow this pattern as more and more people move from poverty into the middle class.

An urgent reduction of our ecological footprint is needed, to obtain sustainable development. Therefore, changing responsible consumption and production methods are essential.

A major consumer of freshwater is an agricultural industry with water usage and irrigation now consuming almost 70 per cent of all freshwater for human use.

water agriculture, sanitation point
Sustainable and responsible usage of drinking water is a priority not only in countries lacking this resource.

How is 2030 Builders addressing SDG 12?

Above all, decoupling economic growth from natural resource use is fundamental to sustainable development. Additionally, the efficient management of natural resources is key. As is the correct disposal of toxic waste and pollutants.

By focusing on the food sector, halve the per capita food waste at the retail and consumer levels by 2030, while also reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

Work towards independence on fossil fuels, by encouraging, new technologies, and removing inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.

Power station
We need to learn how to use natural resources in a sustainable way.

How are companies working with it:

Maersk Line – Lowering CO2-emissions

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, set an ambitious reduction target of 60% less CO2 emitted per container moved by 2020, measured against a 2007 baseline. Combined with an expected increase in container volume of 80% by 2020, this target will result in approximately 200 million tons less CO2 emitted from 2007 to 2020. By the end of 2015, Maersk Line had, therefore, reduced emissions by 42% per container.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Transportation)

BYD –Electrical busses in China

BYD bus, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, offers a city bus with no tailpipe emissions and very low noise levels. To clarify, the bus is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries and has a range of 250 km on a single charge in urban conditions. Moreover, it can recharge in five hours and chemical materials contained in the battery can be safely recycled.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Transportation)

AstraZeneca – Switching from air distributing to sea

AstraZeneca’s Sweden operations completed an ambitious Air2Sea project in 2015 that established sea freight distribution networks to 13 countries. Switching to the transport of goods by sea achieves a massive 97% CO2 saving compared with air transport. The project, which accounted for 80% of local exports, supported the company’s overall goods transport emissions reduction of 7% in 2015.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Healthcare & Life Sciences)


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