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12.5 Reducing waste generation
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Sub-goal 12.5 envisages a significant drop in waste by 2030 through prevention, reduction, recovery and reuse.

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The amended Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (KrWG), the Packaging Act (VerpackG; 1 January 2019), the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG; updated in 2015) and the Waste Prevention Programme (2013) set the legal framework to promote waste prevention, the reuse and high-quality recycling of various environmentally relevant waste streams, and demand compliance with specific targets.

Numerous information initiatives and platforms have been developed for companies, schools and the general public to significantly reduce the amount of waste, for example

  • To reduce food loss and waste (e.g. the alliance ‘We save food!’ set up by the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, which aims to create an exchange for the development and implementation of measures against food waste along the entire value chain),
  • To facilitate the reuse of components (for example, the Bremen Component Exchange),
  • To increase the repair of second-hand goods (e.g. the Round Table Repair, where environmental organisations, consumer advocates, representatives of the repair and manufacturing industry, science and repair initiatives are working to strengthen repair and also to improve the framework for repair) and 
  • To increase the demand for repair services and second-hand goods (for example, the interactive online map of repair, second-hand and loan/exchange services in Berlin via the ReMap).

The Federal Statistical Office (destatis) collects data for indicator 12.5.1 on SDG 12.5 ‘National recycling quota, tonnes of recycled material’ at the national level (see the National Reporting Platform).

Bundesregierung; Bundesrat; Bundestag
Packaging Act

The Packaging Act ("Verpackungsgesetz") was passed in 2017 and has been in force since 1 January 2019. The new Packaging Act further develops the existing Packaging Ordinance in the ecological sense. It is addressed to consumers, disposers and producers of packaging and aims to avoid packaging waste and to further increase the recycling rate.

Unterziele
12.5 Reducing waste generation
Ziele
SDG 9
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.

Unterziele
12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.5 Reducing waste generation
Ziele
SDG 9 SDG 17
BMU; BMJV; BMEL
National Programme on Sustainable Consumption

The National Programme on Sustainable Consumption was adopted by the Federal Government in 2016. It formulates approaches for the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development from the consumer and product perspective. It aims to contribute to reconciling consumption patterns and lifestyle with ecological and economic limits. The national programme identifies and defines objectives, principles of action, fields of action, and implementation strategies in order to systematically expand and promote sustainable consumption in its various facets.

Unterziele
12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.5 Reducing waste generation
Ziele
SDG 16
BMBF
ERA-MIN 2 - Research and Innovation Programme on Raw Materials to Foster Circular Economy

The implementation of circular economy and especially the closure of cycles for raw materials requires collaboration beyond national borders. Therefore, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research promotes the joint transnational calls of the pan European R&I programme ERA-MIN. Partners of transnational consortia should provide a significant contribution to the transnational added value of collaboration. The scope of the joint calls is to promote research addressing thematic areas of the circular economy (sustainable exploration, extraction and processing technologies, recycling, substitution of critical raw materials).The implementation of circular economy and especially the closure of cycles for raw materials requires collaboration beyond national borders. Therefore, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research promotes the joint transnational calls of the pan European R&I programme ERA-MIN. Partners of transnational consortia should provide a significant contribution to the transnational added value of collaboration. The scope of the joint calls is to promote research addressing thematic areas of the circular economy (sustainable exploration, extraction and processing technologies, recycling, substitution of critical raw materials).

Unterziele
12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.4 Environmentally sound management of chemicals 12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.6 Responsible companies
Ziele
SDG 8 SDG 9 SDG 17
Bundesregierung
German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess)

With the adoption of the German Resource Efficiency Programme (Deutsches Ressourceneffizienzprogramms = ProgRess) in February 2012, Germany committed itself to objectives, guiding ideas and approaches for the protection of natural resources. The Federal Government is obliged to report to the German Parliament every four years on the development of resource efficiency in Germany and to update the Resource Efficiency Programme.

Unterziele
12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.A Supporting developing countries
Ziele
SDG 9