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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.​



A New Circular Vision for Electronics – Time for a Global Reboot

Seven UN entities have come together, supported by the World Economic Forum, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to call for an overhaul of the current electronics system, with the aim of supporting international efforts to address e-waste challenges. 


The Global E-waste Monitor 2017

The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, a joint effort of the ITU, the United Nations UniversiGEM2017150x200.jpgty (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