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SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Nova University Lisbon contributes to tackle the SDG 12 by promoting sustainable consumption and circular economy. Its activities go beyond research, the different Academic Units are setting new policies and guides regarding mobility, food, energy and water consumption, or plastic use (sustainable mobility at NOVA is developed in the context of SDG 11). Some of NOVA's Academic Units are Eco-Schools, belonging to the largest global sustainable schools programme.

- Guides for sustainable living at NOVA - impact on life on and off Campus: SBE | FCT | ITQB



  • Eco-Schools actively support students by fostering critical problem solving skills, systems thinking and preparing them to become future decision-makers and tackle sustainability challenges in life and in the workforce. 4 Academic Units participate in the program, and 3 were awarded a green flag, distinguishing their efforts and commitments to become more sustainable (NMS, FCSH, and FCT).
  • The NOVA Knowledge Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment (NOVA-BHRE) is an innovative and multidisciplinary academic centre within the Nova School of Law. The work conducted by the Centre aims to enhance corporate respect for human rights, including labour rights and environmental standards in global value chains. Business has a central role to play in the just transition towards a more inclusive and sustainable society. In particular, through the adoption of solid due diligence processes, companies can better identify, prevent and address the adverse human rights and environmental impacts with which they may be involved.
  • NOVA School of Science and Technology was one of the three selected winners of the 2019-2020 ERP Eco Sustainability Award, with the project “Depositrão: A redoubled look at the safety and conservation of electrical and electronic equipment”.



NOVA's 9 Academic Units develop programmes and initiatives with direct impact in our community. Get in touch, participate!

Description Calendar | Academic Unit


Associação que privilegia o voluntariado ambiental e humanitário, incentivando os jovens a serem mais ativos na resolução dos problemas da sociedade.

Permanent | FCT NOVA

Water fountains in FCT Campus

The community can now fill their canteens with quality water from the Municipality of Almada and contribute to the reduction of plastic packaging waste.

Permanent | FCT NOVA

Container deposit scheme | TOMRA

Following the EU Plastics Strategy, Nova SBE and the Municipality of Cascais joined TOMRA in implementing the first pilot project for a mandatory container deposit scheme for beverages in Portugal.  The on-campus equipment will enable consumers to receive a monetary refund against their recycling deposit, thereby diminishing the environmental impact and promoting the act of recycling.

Permanent | Nova SBE

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Nova SBE recently signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global commitment on behalf of a “new plastics economy” whereby plastics shall never become pollution. The “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment” outlines common goals to deal with plastic waste and pollution: to eliminate all unnecessary plastic items; to innovate to ensure that 100 % of plastics are reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025; and to create a circular economy to increase the amount of reused and recycled plastic.

Permanent | Nova SBE


An app to incentivize the community to recycle on campus.

Permanent | FCT NOVA



NOVA contributes significantly to the research into the area of SDG12. Learn more about the following research projects:

Understand and know material flow and their change inside society, to reduce waste, promote recycling, minimize environmental impact and rationally plan waste management infrastructures.

A 3-year EU-funded project, aims at producing the appropriate packaging solution using innovative packaging materials that maintain or extend the shelf life of foodstuffs to reduce food waste and minimize the environmental footprint of packaging materials. A rough estimate shows that an improvement of shelf life by 20% and 50% respectively, has a potential to reduce food waste with 12.5% to 30% respectively.





NOVA University Lisbon has a strong formative offer, distinguished by quality and variety, linked to the SDGs. It supports the integration of interdisciplinarity and sustainability in all our study cycles.



SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Master in Renewable energy Engineering (FCT)

Master and PhD in Bioenergy (FCT)

Master in Biotechnology for Sustainability (ITQB)

Master in Renewable Energy Engineering (FCT)

Master in Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (FCT)

PhD in Catalysis and Sustainability (ITQB)