Sustainable consumption and production

A drone's eye view of a root crop planter, pulled by a tractor as it works in the field
This article explores how innovations can be used to advance goals 2 (zero hunger) and 12 (sustainable consumption and production). Nematicides - products for controlling soil-borne pests in root crops - are under threat of further regulation or withdrawal due to their toxicity. The Nematicide Stewardship Programme is demonstrating they can be used responsibly and safely to ensure their approval is maintained. But one farmer has taken it a step further by using technology to ensure his nematicide is applied accurately.
Elsevier,

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 15, April 2018, Pages 9-18

This article contributes to SDGs 9 and 12 by reviewing efforts in Europe to secure an adequate supply of raw materials and meet the objectives of the Raw Materials Initiative, as well as the more general goals of sustainability.
Plastics recycling - PET Recycling bag
Supporting Goal 12. Higher plastics recycling targets in the EU do not necessarily have to be detrimental to EU polymers producers, who will find new business opportunities in the recycling industry. EU countries will need to improve their recycling systems in order to achieve a more unified approach.
Supporting SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 12 (responsible consumption and production), this research investigates the occurrence and diversity of antibiotic resistance genes, from water source, through treatment plants, to tap in the Pearl River Delta region, South China.
PET Bottles recycling - 'single circular economy', taxes on plastics
Supporting Goal 12. The EU should keep and recycle its “valuable plastic” within a “single circular economy”, according to the European Commission’s vice president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness
Most empirical research into Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) focus their studies on specific natural or social features and governing structures. This research approach looks into multi-use MPAs in the eelgrass restoration site in Japan. Findings from this research contribute directly to SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 2 (zero hunger).
Supporting Goal 12. The use of plastics in packaging has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months. A renewed focus on marine waste including microplastics as well as still high landfill rates for plastics has led for calls for a reduction in single-use plastics.
Supporting Goal 12. Moving towards a circular economy for nylon is a matter of when, not if, according to the CEO at one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of nylon textile filaments, Italy’s Aquafil.
The consumer and legislative demand to reduce plastic packaging supports goal 12 (responsible consumption and production). This report looks at the increasing demand for plastic packaging in-light of recent European legislation to reduce it.
Elsevier,

Food Policy, Volume 75, February 2018, Pages 109-123.

This Elsevier Atlas Award winning research directly contributes to SDGs 2 (zero hunger) and 12 (responsible consumption and production). Commercial peer-to-peer mutualisation systems and sharing economies are explored as potential solutions to global food waste and food security concerns.

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