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), Emma Chow (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Lorin Fries (FutureTable)...
23 September 2020
17:00 - 21:00 CEST, Geneva
Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE), 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 (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)), Yoshua Bengio ( Mila - Quebec AI Institute)...
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
Ashwin Pendyala (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)), Suparna Bhattacharya (Hewlett Packard Labs), Ted Dunning (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
Gary Stewart (The Nest), Joseph K. Hopkins (The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC), Katja Schäfer (UN-Habitat)...
21 April 2022
14:00 - 15:00 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:00 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:00 CST, Beijing
Temesgen Gebeyehu (Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)), Sebastian Bosse (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI))
3 June 2022
16:45 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 10:45-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:45-00:00 CST, Beijing
Anamaria Meshkurti (FONGIT (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique)), Stefan Germann, Crystal Rugege (Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda)...
30 June 2022
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Erol Ahmed (Built Robotics), Bharath Sankaran (Scaled Robotics), Thomas Bock (Technical University of Munich )...
27 October 2022
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Amanda Sgroi (RE2 Robotics), Máté Heisz (SolarPower Europe)
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