Sustainable consumption

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations agreed on global sustainability goals (SDGs). In the following, we focus on sustainable development goal 12, which is to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns", and highlight some related activities that the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculure (BMEL) is carrying out.

Further information on Agenda 2030.

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National Programme for Sustainable Consumption – societal change through a sustainable lifestyle

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that consumers have a greater choice of environmentally friendly and socially viable products and services. To this end, it adopted the “National Programme for Sustainable Consumption” (NPNK) in 2016.

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The BMEL’s Commitment for Sustainable Cocoa

For Germany, one of the biggest exporters of chocolate products worldwide, cocoa as an agricultural commodity is of great economic importance. Almost ten percent of the cocoa produced worldwide is processed in Germany alone. It is thus useful to maintain the share of sustainably produced cocoa in the value-adding chain and to safeguard its availability and quality in the long term. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has joined forces with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to work toward this goal.

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Now only certified sustainable palm oil in Germany

Only sustainably produced palm oil to be used in Germany by 2020. This is the express aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). On 18 October 2018, on the occasion of the annual General Assembly of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP), the BMEL commended the forum's successful work.

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The BMEL’s Com­mit­ment for Sus­tain­able Co­coa (topic:international-relations)

For Germany, one of the biggest exporters of chocolate products worldwide, cocoa as an agricultural commodity is of great economic importance. Almost ten percent of the cocoa produced worldwide is processed in Germany alone. It is thus useful to maintain the share of sustainably produced cocoa in the value-adding chain and to safeguard its availability and quality in the long term. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has joined forces with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to work toward this goal.

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Now on­ly cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able palm oil in Ger­many (topic:sustainability)

Only sustainably produced palm oil to be used in Germany by 2020. This is the express aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). On 18 October 2018, on the occasion of the annual General Assembly of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP), the BMEL commended the forum's successful work.

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Na­tion­al Pro­gramme for Sus­tain­able Con­sump­tion – so­ci­etal change through a sus­tain­able lifestyle (topic:sustainability)

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that consumers have a greater choice of environmentally friendly and socially viable products and services. To this end, it adopted the “National Programme for Sustainable Consumption” (NPNK) in 2016.

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Too good for the bin - an ini­tia­tive of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment to avoid food waste (topic:food-waste)

Many precious foodstuffs end up in the bin. Private households throw away about 6.1 million tons of food per year. That's about 75 kilos of food waste per person. Much of it is preventable. These are the findings of a study published by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut in February 2019 (baseline 2015).

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The Prin­ci­ples for Re­spon­si­ble In­vest­ment in Agri­cul­ture and Food Sys­tems (topic:agenda-2030)

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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BMEL Con­fer­ence on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in Ger­many (topic:agenda-2030)

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations agreed on global sustainability goals (SDGs). How can these goals be implemented at national and international level? This was the focus of an expert conference held in Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2016.

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