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  • Writer's pictureRadoje Lausevic

Responsible Consumption and Production

There is need to act now: Live sustainable lifestyles! #GreenYourLife

  • 29% of global energy are consumed in households

  • 21% of CO2 emissions come from households

  • US$120 could be saved if people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs

  • 1/3 of all food produces – around 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion—ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers

It is expected that more people globally will join middle class over next two decades. Very good for individual prosperity, right? However, that will increase demand for already constrained natural resources. If the global population reaches 9.6 billion by 2050, and if we will keep our current lifestyles and individual goals, then the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to sustain everyone wishes. That is obviously not path towards sustainability. At least not for the majority.

Fundamental changes in the way societies produce and consume are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development. Goal 12 of sustainable development goals addresses how to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. This goal is dedicated in 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.

SDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP) is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in both developed and developing countries. Download The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production here.

The European Union has mainstreamed sustainable development policies through the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS), and the Environmental Technologies Action Plan for which sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is a priority, also highlighted in Europe 2020 strategy. SCP is in this context aimed at promoting economic growth and social cohesion without impairing environmental quality.

The EU Ecolabel logo makes it simple to know that a product or a service is both environmentally friendly and good quality. It’s easy to recognise and reliable. The logo can be found on the packaging of every EU Ecolabel product.

There are two main ways you can help as consumer:

  1. Reducing your waste and

  2. Being thoughtful about what you buy and choosing a sustainable option whenever possible.

#GreenYourLife and become responsible consumer.

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