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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Our planet has provided us with an abundance of natural resources. But we have not utilized them responsibly and currently consume far beyond what our planet can provide. Goal 12 is about sustainably managing natural resources, reducing and managing waste better, and promoting sustainable lifestyles and company practices.

SDG 12: Responsible Consuption and Production
SDG 12 Lead Images 2022

Improving waste management

Pictured here: Calvin Lakhan

Managing waste in Ontario is very expensive and it’s time to rethink our provincial strategy, according to Calvin Lakhan, PhD and co-investigator of the “Waste Wiki” project. The Waste Wiki is an online, open-access resource that houses data, research and literature that is pertinent to Canada’s waste management sector. It’s also a research initiative designed to advance understanding surrounding waste diversion behaviour and the impacts of waste management policy. “The Blue Box program costs $400 million each year in Ontario and municipal waste management runs to more than a billion dollars each year,” says Lakhan. “However, our research shows that not all recycling is created equal and we need to prioritize what to recycle and why.”

Facts

108

publications

(2019-2021)

62%

of publications co-authored with international collaborators

2+

K-12 Outreach Programs
focused on environment and sustainability

15+

Programs relevant or related to SDG 12

77%

Waste Diversion from landfills
(up from 66% previous year)

2,135 mt

of waste recycled

Stories

Smarter supply chain management
Consumers can reduce global warming