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ESA welcomes UN sustainability goals

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed the United Nations’ sustainable development goals that includes halving global food waste in the next 15 years.

The UN has set out a ‘plan of action’ that outlines 17 goals and 169 targets that it wants its members to achieve by 2030.

The 29-page document calls for drastic action on sustainability, including targets for recycling and waste management.

It says: “We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.”

Goal 12, ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’, calls for:

  • reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels
  • reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
  • more efficient use of energy

The ESA welcomed the agenda. Jacob Hayler, executive director, said: “It is very welcome that the new UN 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.”

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