LONDON, 04 August 2015: The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, today today welcomed the inclusion of goals for sustainable waste management in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 adopted by the United Nations.
Goal 12 of the new SDGs is to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” and within that goal there are more specific targets to:
- Halve per capita global food waste by 2030
- Achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes by 2020
- Substantially reduce waste generation by prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse by 2030; and
- Promote sustainable public procurement practices.
Commenting on the new UN Goals, Jacob Hayler, ESA’s Executive Director, said:
“It is very welcome that the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 recognise the vital importance of waste prevention, recycling and environmentally sound waste management in achieving sustainability across the globe.
Now we look to the European Commission’s revised Circular Economy package to translate these goals and principles into practical and effective policy measures at European level.”