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SDG 12. ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS


BY CHOOSING PEFC WOOD-BASED PRODUCTS 
YOU ARE MAKING A RESPONSIBLE CHOICE

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81% of global consumers feel strongly that companies should help to improve the environment 1


Promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all is at the heart of SDG 12. With a growing world population, in a business-as-usual scenario there would be increasing the demand for already constrained natural resources.

There needs to be significant focus on operating on supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. This includes educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing them with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

 

Forests & Responsible consumption

Renewability, resource efficiency and responsible sourcing of forest products are central to sustainable production and consumption given the wealth of benefits forest can provide.

Responsible production and consumption of forest products already exist.

  • Paper and wood, for instance, can be reused, in turn reducing the volume of virgin wood fibre needed to produce wood-based products.
  • Sustainable packaging made of wood waste and residues are a green alternative for materials such as plastics.
  • In construction, wood has been found to have lower embodied energy than comparable building systems using concrete, steel or masonry.
  • The forest industry also produces second generation biofuels and bio-based materials that can substitute fossil-based fuels and products.

However, sustainable production can only succeed if accompanied by positive changes in the consumption patterns and lifestyles of households and governments.

 

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #12

- The PEFC label helps businesses and consumers make responsible choices -


PEFC works along the entire value chain – from the forest to producers to consumers and end users – to promote sustainable production and consumption.

Our sustainable forest management standard, implemented by around one million foresters globally, provides assurances that their forests are managed sustainably.

Thousands of companies around the world are Chain of Custody certified, which means that they track certified wood in their manufacturing processes, ensuring that their products utilize certified, sustainable timber. We also work with numerous companies and public institutions to advocate the benefits of sustainable procurement policies for timber products including drivers of the circular economy – reduce, reuse, recycle.

Everyone can benefit from the PEFC label, which is present on an increasing number of products around the world that originate from sustainably managed forest, to support responsible forest management with their buying decisions.

The best way to keep our forests is to use them, but we must use them sustainably. If there is one thing you can do, it is to buy PEFC-certified products.

 

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[1] The conference Boards Global consumer confidence survey, conducted in collaboration with Nielsen

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements