SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is the use of natural resources, such as food, water, energy, and materials, in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. SCP is the focus of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 12, and is essential for achieving sustainable development, as it can help to reduce environmental impacts, improve resource efficiency, and promote social equity. SDG 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. This goal calls for a major shift in the way we produce and consume goods and services, so that they are more sustainable and less harmful to the environment.

This hub is a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, published across Springer Nature. It features selected research from Springer NatSN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019ure's journals, special issues, and cross-journal article collections, as well as selected books and book chapters. The curated research covers topics including sustainable consumption patterns, sustainable production practices, and waste management, and more.

Nature Chemical Engineering, launching 2024

Nature Chemical Engineering © Springer Nature 2023Nature Chemical Engineering will cover all aspects of chemical engineering: from fundamental scientific advances in chemical, physical and biological systems to the design, scale-up and optimization of chemical processes of importance to society. We particularly welcome studies that explore new engineering solutions to the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Take a look at this collection of articles, Chemical Engineering Distilled, illustrating some of the key areas the journal will cover. 

Visit the journal website to find out more or to submit your paper.

Springer Nature's SDG OA Book Collection

Why publish SDG research as an open access (OA) book? 

Because OA’s enhanced and equitable visibility means that research can reach the broader audience, and findings can be translated into actionable strategy. Explore OA books that support sustainable development and learn more about publishing your book OA - including funding options.

43615From our new journal Circular Economy and Sustainability

Circular Economy and Sustainability aims to promote the innovation process from technological solutions to economic, social and environmental solutions in the context of circular economy and sustainability. The journal welcomes papers that integrate at least two dimensions of circular economy and sustainability from different scientific fields.  Editorial Board | Aims and Scope | Special Issues

Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 12 work at Springer Nature is easy. Springer Nature aspires to lead in publishing SDG research, and especially in open access (OA) SDG research.

You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

Publishing with Springer Nature gives you:

  • A range of journals, from Nature, Springer, and BMC, both hybrid and OA. The journals with SDG content curated above are a small selection of journals you can publish in. Clicking through on them will give you the information — including journal metrics, submission guidelines and more — that you need to plan your next submission.
  • The world’s leading scholarly book program, including the option to publish your book OA. ᐅSDG 12 OA Books
  • Support in finding funding for OA. Many funders and institutions now cover open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA journal articles with your fees covered. The OA funding support service can help you find and access other OA publishing funds — for journal articles and books — to which you may be entitled.  ᐅOA Agreements  Funding Support Service  The impact of OA
  • Support in writing and publishing your work — both free, including tutorials and paid research solutions services, including editing, translation, and more.  ᐅAuthor Services  ᐅResearch Solutions
  • An easy way to get started on a book. Even if it is only a germ of an idea, by filling in this form, you will be put in touch with an editor who can help you grow it into a fully formed book.  ᐅSubmit your book idea

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SDG 12 researchers and societal impact

SDG 12 icon © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG 12 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. 

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