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.

BMU; IDZ
Federal Ecodesign Award

The German Federal Ecodesign Award launched in 2012 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA), recognises innovative products and concepts that embody high ecological and aesthetic aspirations. The competition welcomes submissions of all types of environmentally friendly alternatives and ideas – from footwear to mobility concepts.

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12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources
Ziele
SDG 9
BeschA
Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement

The Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement (KNB) at the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) supports public clients in considering sustainability criteria in procurement projects.
The KNB informs, trains and clarifies the contracting authorities of the federal government, the states and local authorities in a targeted manner with regard to sustainable public procurement.

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12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.7 Sustainable public procurement
Ziele
SDG 16 SDG 17
BMZ; GIZ
Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)

The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) unites more than 70 actors from the private sector, civil society and politics. The initiative aims to achieve greater sustainability in global agricultural supply chains and improve the living conditions of small farmers. The INA concentrates in particular on protecting natural resources and ensuring living wages and income. The initiative also explores digital solutions to support producers and increase transparency in the supply chain and serves as an information platform. The INA was launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in November 2018. It is designed as an open platform that works across the boundaries of the respective supply chains.

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12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.6 Responsible companies
Ziele
SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 8 SDG 15 SDG 17
BMBF
Resource-efficient Circular Economy - Innovative Product Cycles (ReziProK)

With the funding guideline "Resource-efficient Circular Economy - Innovative Product Cycles" (ReziProK), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is pursuing the goal of contributing to the implementation of a resource-efficient recycling management system with the aid of research and development. The aim is to increase overall raw material productivity, avoid waste and reduce environmental pollution.

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12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.6 Responsible companies
Ziele
SDG 9
Too Good To Go GmbH
Too Good To Go App

"Too Good To Go" is an app for fighting food waste. The app enables users to "save" food in the immediate vicinity. Many catering establishments regularly have excess food, because overproduction is often unavoidable, be it in the display of a bakery, at lunch buffets or in the supermarket. This unsold food is passed on to app users instead of being thrown away.
The company currently cooperates with more than 17,000 partners in nine countries. Four more markets are to be added this year. In Germany, 2,500 restaurants, cafés and bakeries in over 300 cities are participating.

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12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.5 Reducing waste generation
Ziele
SDG 9