Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

When we practice sustainable consumption and production, resources will be used efficiently, infrastructure will be set up and used in sustainable ways, and everyone will have access to basic services. It can be viewed as a preventative measure to reduce environmental, social, or economic decline, and to promote continued progress and prosperity.

One third of all food produced every year rots away in our waste bins or becomes inedible due to inadequate transportation or harvesting methods.

About US$120 billion could be saved worldwide every year if more people used energy-saving light bulbs. The rate at which we are polluting our water is exceeding the rate at which nature can purify it for our use. Water shortages are now a global reality.

The 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production is an initiative that SDG 12 strives to implement throughout the whole world, in order to achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns by 2030.

Food waste and harvest losses should be reduced by at least 50% by 2030. Prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse are concepts that can help reduce waste and encourage individuals and large companies to live greener lives.

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