Sustainable development is a concept that appeared for the first time in 1987 with the publication of the Brundtland Report, warning of the negative environmental consequences of economic growth and globalization, which tried to find possible solutions to the problems caused by industrialization and population growth.
Many of the challenges facing humankind, such as climate change, water scarcity, inequality and hunger, can only be resolved at a global level and by promoting sustainable development: a commitment to social progress, environmental balance and economic growth.
As a part of a new sustainable development roadmap, the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda, which contains the Sustainable Development Goals, a call to action to protect the planet and guarantee the global well-being of people. These common goals require the active involvement of individuals, businesses, administrations and countries around the world.
These 17 objectives are interrelated and often the key to one's success will involve the issues most frequently linked to another. They can be summarised as follows:
ACCIONA’s commitment to sustainability can be understood as the support for social progress, environmental balance and economic growth, and is reflected in our contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals thanks to its Sustainability Master Plan (SMP), a roadmap that integrates all of the Company's sustainability initiatives.
The company works towards achieving 4 main objectives through its business model. ACCIONA, through its projects in water, renewable energies and infrastructures, contributes to key goals for the achievement of the rest.
Throughout its history, ACCIONA has purified, processed and desalinated water for more than 100 million people worldwide. Through its water treatment activities, the company assures the supply of drinking water to areas of water stress, preserving the environment.
The company generates energy entirely from renewable sources such as wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric, thermosolar and biomass. From 2016 to 2020, ACCIONA will invest at least 2,500 million dollars in the development of renewable technologies. 80 % of this investment will be in new facilities in developing countries. Based on this trend, renewable installed capacity will be at least 10,500 MW.
Through its different business lines, ACCIONA offers innovative solutions that satisfy the growing demand for infrastructure, access to water and energy, etc. When developing its projects, it measures and manages its social and environmental impact on the communities in which it works.
ACCIONA has been a carbon neutral company since 2016 and considers the fight against climate change a strategic priority. Through electricity generation from renewable sources, it helps mitigate climate change by displacing fossil fuels in the countries’ electricity mix.