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Definition of "Responsible Production & Consumption"

"The twelfth goal highlights how human consumption and production patterns contribute to climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. SDG12 targets:

  • food waste,
  • e-waste,
  • chemicals,
  • tourism,
  • reliance on fossil fuels, and
  • natural resource management"
  • reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse

UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2023). In Gale Global Issues Online Collection. Gale. URL

Helpful UN links for SDG #12 Responsible Consumption & Production

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Library Databases for UN SDG #12 Responsible Consumption & Production

Suggested search terms for Goal #12 Responsible Consumption & Production

These keywords are SOME of the terms that will help you research this goal. Use these in the main search box on the library homepage, library databases, and Google. Try combining them for the best search.

Develop your own key terms as you read about your topic and solution.

Note: Put quotation marks around phrases when you search (ie "extreme poverty")

Key terms:

biobased economy  
chemical pollution  
circular economy  
consumer behavior OR consumer behaviour
corporate social responsibility  
corporate sustainability  
environmental footprint  
environmental pollution 
food spill  
fossil-fuel expenditure  
fossil-fuel subsidies  
global resource extraction  
green consumption  
harvest efficiency  
hazardous chemical 
hazardous waste 
life cycle analysis OR life-cycle analysis 
life cycle assessment  
low carbon economy OR low-carbon economy 
material flow accounting  
material footprint  
ozone depletion  
pesticide pollution  
pesticide reduction  
pesticide stress  
resource efficiency  
resource recycling  
resource reuse  
resource spill  
resource use 
societal metabolism  
solid waste  
sustainability label  
sustainability label OR sustainability labelling 
sustainability labelling  
sustainable food consumption  
sustainable procurement  
sustainable supply chain  
sustainable tourism  
toxic chemical  
waste generation  
waste recycling  
zero waste 

For more about the key terms, see the Elsevier 2019 Scopus queries.