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Goal 12. Sustainable consumption & production

ICTs for a Sustainable World

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Responsible Consumption and Production

ICTs and responsible consumption and production are linked in two ways: increased dematerialization and virtualization as well as innovative ICT applications enabling sustainable production and consumption. Cloud computing, smart grids, smart metering, and reduced energy consumption of ICTs all have a positive impact on reducing our consumption. However, ICTs themselves require energy consumption. Therefore, effective policies are needed to ensure the negative impacts of ICTs, such as e-waste, are minimized.​



GEM2017150x200.jpgThe Global E-waste Monitor 2017, a joint effort of the ITU, the United Nations University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA),  provides the most comprehensive overview of global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions. The report includes up-to-date information on the amounts of e-waste generated and recycled, makes predictions until 2021, and provides information on the progress made in terms of e-waste legislation. 



Case study – Thailand


Sound Bite

"Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned; only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."

Native American Saying