Achieving sustainable development requires the reducing of our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. SDG Goal 12 speaks directly to this.
Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs, and a better quality of life for all. It helps to achieve overall development plans; reduce future economic, environmental and social costs; strengthen economic competitiveness; and reduce poverty.
A large share of the world population is still consuming too little to meet even their basic needs. And, for example, by halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels, there would be the creation of more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy.
Education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles is also part of the equation, and consumers should have adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement.
When we get on board with sustainable consumption and production, from producer to the final consumer, we are “doing more and better with less”.