GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet.

Economic and social progress over the last century has been accompanied by environmental degradation that is endangering the very systems on which our future development — indeed, our very survival — depends.

A few facts and figures:

  • Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices.
  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually.
  • Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

The COVID-19 pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future.

Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Sustainable consumption and production can also contribute substantially to poverty alleviation and the transition towards low-carbon and green economies.


22 - 24 September 2020
19:15 - 20:45 CEST, Geneva
Caroline Kolta (XPRIZE Foundation), Emma Chow (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Lorin Fries (German Research Centre for Geosciences)...
23 September 2020
17:00 - 21:00 CEST, Geneva
Amir Banifatemi (AI Commons), Emmanuel Faber (Danone), Francesca Rossi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab)
7 July 2021
12:30 - 14:00 CEST, Geneva
Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations), Valérie Masson-Delmotte ( French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Yoshua Bengio ( Mila - Quebec AI Institute)...
22 March 2022
15:00 - 17:00 CET, Geneva | 22:00-24:00 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York
Ashwin Pendyala (HPE), Suparna Bhattacharya (Hewlett Packard Labs), Ted Dunning (HPE)...
21 April 2022
14:00 - 15:00 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:00 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:00 CST, Beijing
3 June 2022
16:45 - 18:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:45-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:45-00:00 CST, Beijing
Anamaria Meshkurti (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique), Stefan Germann (Fondation Botnar), Crystal Rugege (Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda)...
30 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York
Erol Ahmed (Built Robotics), Bharath Sankaran (Scaled Robotics), Thomas Bock (Technical University of Munich )...
22 September 2022
17:00 - 18:30 CEST Geneva | 11:00-12:30 EST, New York | 23:00-00:30 CST, Beijing
Serge Conesa (Immersion4), Tom Yeh (RAMS Services Inc.)
4 October 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST Geneva | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York | 22:00-00:00 CST, Beijing
Melissa Tickle (FINCA Ventures), Vitaly Kleban (Everynet), Zahoro Muhaji (Tanzania Startup Association)...
25 October 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Deirdre White (Pyxera Global), Haynes Cooney (IBM), Sandra MacQuillan (Mondelez International)...
27 October 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York
Amanda Sgroi (Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation), Eran Meller (Ecoppia), Benjamin Clarke (SolarPower Europe)...
16 November 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CET Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Alisdair McLean (Net Zero Atlantic), Charlotte Kan (Journalist), Michael Jacobs (IBM)...