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Sustainable Development Goals

ACCIONA's commitment to sustainability is reflected in its contribution toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
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Challenges and opportunities: contribution to the SDGs

ACCIONA contributes to each SDG through the impacts generated by its projects in countries in which improvements are needed in relation to that SDG.

The company offers solutions to present and future challenges such as water shortage and sanitation, the decarbonisation of the energy system, resilient infrastructures and innovation, the new and growing needs of populations concentrated in cities, and mitigating climate change.

 

Water

ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION

More than 844 million people around the world live without access to basic drinking water services, and 2.3 billion have no access to basic sanitation, resulting in avoidable death, chronic disease, lost hours of schooling, and reduced productivity. In turn, water demand for agriculture, industry and domestic use is rising quickly (by 2030, the water deficit will be an estimated 40 %) while at the same time water pollution and ecosystem deterioration are becoming exacerbated due to the growing amount of untreated wastewater.

ACCIONA SOLUTIONS SDG 6
Availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation using advanced technologies.

TRANSITION TOWARDS A DECARBONISED ECONOMY

One out of every eight people on the planet continues to lack access to electricity. Within an energy setting that guarantees access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for everyone, the use of renewable energy must increase from the present 25 % to 38 % by 2025. This would entail an annual investment of 441 billion dollars in renewable electricity generation. Renewable technology has become highly competitive with conventional types of energy, not only in terms of costs, but also in technical capacity, reliability and quality.

ACCIONA SOLUTIONS SDG 7
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and efficient energy.

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURES AND INNOVATION

Economic growth, social progress and the fight against climate change depend to a great extent on investments in infrastructure, sustainable industrial development, and technological progress. There are currently 1 billion people living more than two kilometres from an all-season road and 4 billion without access to the internet, 940 million live without electricity, and 663 million lack improved sources of drinking water, etc. This situation prompts the need for an investment of 49.1 trillion dollars in infrastructures by 2030.

ACCIONA SOLUTIONS SDG 9
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

OVERPOPULATION AND URBANISATION

Cities currently represent 37 % of the surface of the planet, but more than 50 % of the population is concentrated there, and this figure is estimated to reach 70 % by 2050. Not only does the population gather in cities, but cities also generate more than 80 % of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). Therefore, cities are facing new challenges such as reducing traffic congestion through mobility solutions that protect the environment, improving air quality, creating new infrastructures and services to respond to the needs of an ageing population, resource management, etc.

ACCIONA SOLUTIONS SDG 11
Services that aid in the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

The generation and use of energy is responsible for 74 % of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and is the main contributor towards global warming. Therefore, investment in renewable energies, energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies at ACCIONA is essential to continue responding to the population's new needs and to minimise the negative impact on the environment. The commitment to decarbonisation of the economy, from both the public and private perspectives, will be crucial to reaching the goal set at the Paris climate conference to limit global warming.

ACCIONA SOLUTIONS SDG 13
Development of comprehensive solutions to combat climate change and its impacts.

 

 

ACCIONA's contribution to the achievement of the SDGs during 2018:

 

ACCIONA's contribution to the achievement of the SDGs during 2017:

 

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