The United Nations Sustainable Goal 12:

Ensure sustainable consumption and production.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 key commitments that strive to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

Yann Arthus Bertrand has chosen this photo to represent the challenges of meeting the United Nations SDG 12. 

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Yann Arthus Bertrand - Automobile junkyard in Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d’Armor, France (48° 31’ N – 2° 46’ O).

Crushed and then stacked, these automobiles are awaiting possible repurposing. Before arriving in the junkyard, car demolishers took the cars apart, depolluted them and removed the useable parts for sale on the spare parts market or for recycling. The last link in the automobile industry and the first in the recycling chain, these demolishers play an essential role in the car market waste treatment. Since 2015, a European directive requires automobile manufacturers to recycle 95 % of vehicle weight and is a first step toward a sustainable and responsible management of the car industry.


According to the United Nations:

  • More people around the world will join the middle class over the next 20 years, improving individual prosperity.

  • However, this means increased demand for limited natural resources and pressure on the environment.



BNP Paribas:

BNP Paribas fully contributes to achieving all 17 SDGs through a large range of actions and initiatives.

Our commitment to achieving SDG 12:

Responsible consumption means taking the environment into account when designing products and recycling them.

Consuming less paper and wasting less:

The Group has committed to reducing paper consumption per employee by 30% from 2012 to 2020 and to increasing the share of responsibly sourced paper to 80%.

BNP Paribas company restaurants in France recycle their waste in the form of compost or methane.

Financing recycling:

Since 2014, the Group participated to the financing of green bond issues amounting to more than €1.8 billion in the sector of waste management and recycling sector. 


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