12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources

12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources
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Sub-goal 12.2 aims to create sustainable production and consumption patterns in order to use resources more efficiently and conserve resources. Various political programs have been launched in Germany to promote the conservation of 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.

Initiative Save Food; FAO; UNEP; Messe Düsseldorf; interpack
SAVE FOOD Initiative

On 27 January 2011 in Berlin, Germany SAVE FOOD was introduced to the public by the partners Messe Düsseldorf and the FAO. SAVE FOOD puts the issue of global food losses onto the political and economic agenda. Together with members from business, politics and civil society, SAVE FOOD aims to drive innovation, promote interdisciplinary dialogue and initiate debate in order to generate solutions to reduce food waste, across the entire value chain "from the field to the plate".

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12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.8 Information and awareness for sustainable development
Ziele
SDG 15 SDG 17
BMU; UBA; Verband Kommunaler Unternehmen e.V.
EWAV (European Week for Waste Reduction)

The European Week for Waste Reduction (Europäische Woche der Abfallvermeidung = EWAV) is Europe's largest communication campaign on waste prevention and reuse. It takes place annually in the last week of November across the continent and beyond. The aim is to sensitise all Europeans to the need to conserve resources and to show practical ways out of the throwaway society.
The campaign was initiated in 2009 by the European Commission, and in 2010 the European Waste Prevention Week was launched in Germany.

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12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.5 Reducing waste generation
Ziele
SDG 9 SDG 17
EIT RawMaterials GmbH
EIT Raw Materials

EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

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12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources
Ziele
SDG 9
BMU; BMJV; BMEL
National Programme on Sustainable Consumption

The National Programme for Sustainable Consumption (NPNK) is a step towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from a consumer and product perspective. It aims to contribute to bringing our consumption patterns and lifestyles in line with ecological and economic limits. The programme identifies goals and needs for action and explains previous activities of the Federal Government in the field of sustainable consumption. Based on the guiding principle of sustainability, central ideas for a policy of sustainable consumption are developed. The programme contains 170 measures for the overarching approaches to action as well as the areas of need in order to systematically strengthen sustainable consumption.
The NPNK was further developed on 3 May 2021. The 45 measures and targets adopted by the Committee of State Secretaries for Sustainable Development prioritise and focus the Federal Government's existing programme for sustainable consumption from 2016. The measures relate to the areas of mobility, housing and household, nutrition, work and office, clothing, and leisure and tourism, as well as cross-cutting measures, such as those to tap the potential of digitalisation for sustainable consumption. They are intended to contribute to halving consumption-related greenhouse gas emissions per inhabitant by 2030, among other things.

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12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.7 Sustainable public procurement 12.8 Information and awareness for sustainable development 12.B Sustainable tourism
Ziele
SDG 16
Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
CSR Award of the Federal Government

The CSR Award of the Federal Government is intended to honour outstanding examples of social responsibility and motivate imitation: The prize is awarded to companies that implement exemplary fair business practices and employee-oriented human resources policies, use natural resources sparingly, protect the climate and the environment, get involved locally and also assume responsibility in the supply chain.

Companies based in Germany were able to apply in three different size categories and two special award categories for the 2020 round of the competition. Each participating company receives an individual evaluation for the continuous improvement of its own CSR commitment. The CSR Award of the Federal Government is an essential measure of the National CSR Strategy of the Federal Government. Within the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) is in charge.

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12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.6 Responsible companies 12.8 Information and awareness for sustainable development
Ziele
SDG 8