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Global Goal 12: Will We Meet It?

Global Goal 12: Will We Meet It?

So, what is Global Goal 12 you may ask? Well, it is the twelfth aspiration in the series of the world changing targets that global leaders agreed upon, back in 2015. There are 17 overall, set to be met by 2030. These were put in place to create a healthier, better overall world. The resulting force of these goals could end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change; Who wouldn’t want that?!

Before diving deeper into number 12, what are the other 16?

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

But why Global Goal 12? Responsible Consumption and Production relates directly to the FMCG industry, that’s why! But how? Well within Consumer Goods, there are 13 billion plastic bottles traded in the UK every year! With just under 60% of bottles being recycled, 5.5 billion are landfilled, littered, or incinerated. the results of landfill and incineration of plastic bottles produce approximately 230,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions a year! On the other hand, in the food production, there are just short of 2 million tonnes of food waste per year! And 2,200 ktoe of energy is consumed in food manufacture alone. Shocked?

Which companies are making a fight to meet Global Goal 12?

Unilever:  This company has created their own Sustainable Living Plan, setting targets to hit by 2020, to make a real impact in breaking down this Global Goal. Unilever has said by 2020 they will: Source 100% of their agricultural raw materials sustainably. CO2 emissions from energy at their factories will be at or below their 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes. They have already made a massive indent into reaching this goal already by creating a -47%† reduction in CO2 from energy per tonne of production since 2008!

Greggs: They have made a massive push to reduce waste management, by doing this they have reduced the amount that goes to waste and landfill by implementing a Dry Mix Recycling system. Also, they have started to introduce Photovoltaic roof systems, producing 1.3m kWh of electricity, saving almost 600 tonnes of carbon!

Sainsbury’s: Zero waste to landfill since 2013! 5+ years of no waste to landfill, breaking down goal 12 before it was even implemented! Also, just under 8,000 tonnes of CO2e has been saved since they implemented their change of behaviour in a project called ‘Greenest Grocer’. And finally, another impressive stat that Sainsbury’s has produced is the fact that they use 1bn fewer litres of water today then they did 14 years ago!

The Future of the Global Goal 12…

Well, with the way that technology is increasing in dexterity, the future of goal 12 is bright! I was scrolling my feed and noticed that there has been a plastic bag, entirely created by starch, which dissolves in water and is safe to drink! Wow! Brands are making a real push to decrease and deter from waste production. Kelloggs are even turning there ‘rejected’ corn flakes (which are too large or too small) into a ‘Throw Away IPA’, which in my opinion in incredible and a great way to reduce waste. The world is understanding the problems created by waste, let’s not take our foot of the gas! Global Goal 12, can be met!

Here at Logical we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter, or how you have helped the environment! Get in touch!

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