Many resources may be finite, but there are enough to supply the people of the world with what they need to survive. What stops us from reaching this point is waste and mismanagement. There is enough food to feed the world, research shows, yet close to a billion people go hungry every day. Despite this, countless resources are wasted on a daily basis. The United States alone wastes about 150,000 tons of food each day, and even more resources are misused through inefficient production methods by companies and undeveloped countries.
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #12: Responsible Consumption and Production seeks to put an end to this crisis.
What is SDG #12?
The main focus of SDG #12 is to ensure that companies, countries and people all around the world are adopting sustainable consumption and production methods in order to reduce waste and air, water, and land pollution. SDG #12 focuses heavily on educating people in sustainable best practices and implementing frameworks to help developing countries and large-scale businesses make better use of their resources.
The goals laid out by UN in pursuing SDG #12 include:
- Having developed countries take the lead in implementing a framework that supports the sustainable consumption and production of developing countries.
- Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of resources by 2030.
- Reduce the per capita global food waste by half.
- Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste throughout their life cycle and significantly reduce the amount released into the environment.
- Reduce waste generation through reduction of use, reusing of resources, and recycling.
- Encourage companies to adopt and maintain more sustainable practices.
- Bring more awareness to people everywhere about sustainable living.
Among many other accomplishments since 2016, the UN and other organizations have succeeded in increasing the per capita ”material footprint” of developing countries, significantly improving their standard of living. 108 countries have also developed and implemented a framework that promotes sustainable consumption and production.
Discover more about SDG #12 and the success the UN has had in pursuing it by visiting UN’s Sustainable Development website.
Enel and InnoCentive Challenges Regarding SDG #12
From creating devices that can collect, store and transmit data used in preventative maintenance cycles of boilers to other energy-related products, Enel and InnoCentive have launched two challenges so far that support SDG #12:
More challenges regarding SDG #12 will be unveiled in the future, check back frequently to the Incentive Challenge Center to see the latest challenges from Enel.