SDG 12 Responsible consumption and productionAchieving responsible consumption worldwide requires a strong national framework for sustainable consumption and production that is integrated into national and sectoral plans, sustainable business practices and consumer behaviour, together with adherence to international norms on the management of hazardous chemicals and wastes.

Between 1930 and 2000 global production of chemicals skyrocketed from 1 million to 400 million tons per year. It should not come as a surprise that approximately 10 million tons of these toxic chemicals are released into our environment during their manufacture and use every year. Drastically reducing the amount of chemicals that are released into the environment is crucial to keeping their adverse effects on the environment to a minimum.

Through the co-creation of Take Back Chemicals (TABACHEM) with several partners, Royal HaskoningDHV has tried to find a solution to this problem. TABACHEM is a business model aimed at closing material cycles in chemical related industries, where chemical suppliers are compensated for the function of a chemical substance they deliver rather than the quantity. This aligns the economic interests of suppliers and users while reducing the amount of substance used. This cooperation and related price setting encourages the development of new production processes. The increased efficiency in the use of the produced chemical results in a reduction in chemical use, and can subsequently prevent unnecessary amounts of toxic chemicals from being released into the environment. Read more