12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources
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One of the milestones is the German Resource Efficiency Program (ProgRess I/II), which promotes innovation, global responsibility, the circular economy and an orientation towards qualitative growth. The German National Programme on Sustainable Consumption (NPNK) promotes the participation of users from all population demographics in sustainable consumption. The programme applies a life-cycle perspective to products and services, taking into account behaviour and lifestyle. Sectoral programmes like the ‘Climate Protection Offensive of the German Trade Association (HDE)’ or the ‘Climate-Active Municipality’, which are primarily geared towards climate protection but also have a positive effect on the conservation of resources, continue to provide support. Programmes like ‘Impulses for Industrial Resource Efficiency (r+Impuls)’ and others highlight the major potential for innovation in the industrial sector.
The German National Sustainability Strategy covers resource conservation via the indicator total raw material productivity, among others. The Federal Statistical Office is working to expand the indicator system. The material-based indicators ‘Domestic Material Consumption’ (DMC) and ‘Raw Material Consumption’ (RMC), i.e. the raw material footprint, are already being recorded and available on the National Reporting Platform (NRP). This means the Germany National Sustainability Strategy can take into account all the indicators specified in SDG 12.2 for the international level.