GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

E-WEB-Goal-12

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.

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22 - 24 September 2020
19:15 - 20:45 CEST, Geneva
Michiel Bakker (Google), Emma Chow (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Merijn Dols (Danone)...
23 September 2020
17:00 - 21:00 CEST, Geneva
Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE Foundation), Emmanuel Faber (Danone), Francesca Rossi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab)
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7 April 2021
16:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva
Sandrine Daniel (Capgemini), Kari Eik (Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER)), Paolo Gemma (Huawei)...
7 July 2021
12:30 - 14:00 CEST, Geneva
Yoshua Bengio ( Mila - Quebec AI Institute), Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC))...
16 July 2021
16:00 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva
Tapio Schneider (California Institute of Technology (Caltech)), Philip Stier (University of Oxford), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)
22 March 2022
15:00 - 17:00 CET, Geneva | 22:00-24:00 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York
Suparna Bhattacharya (Hewlett Packard Labs), Ted Dunning (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)), Ashwin Pendyala (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE))...
1 April 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York
Bonang AI, Joseph K. Hopkins (IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC), Anamaria Meshkurti (FONGIT (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique))...
21 April 2022
14:00 - 15:00 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:00 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:00 CST, Beijing
Sebastian Bosse (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI)), Temesgen Gebeyehu (Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA))
3 June 2022
16:45 - 18:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:45-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:45-00:00 CST, Beijing
Nick Bradshaw (AI Media Group), Stefan Germann, Tahu Kukutai (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Centre of Research Excellence)...
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), Thomas Bock (Technical University of Munich ), Agnieszka Krzyzaniak (Arcadis)...
6 September 2022
14:00 - 15:30 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:30 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:30 CST, Beijing
Ebtesam Almazrouei (Abu Dhabi Technology Innovation Institute (TII)), Jacques N. Biot (Huawei Technologies France)
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
25 October 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Haynes Cooney (IBM), Sheri Hinish (IBM Consulting Sustainability Services), 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
Erica Brinker (Array Technologies), Máté Heisz (SolarPower Europe), Tim Matus (Renu Robotics)...
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