Sustainability is development that satisfies the needs of the present without compromising the capacity of future generations, guaranteeing the balance between economic growth, care for the environment and social well-being.

    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.



    How to achieve sustainable development?

    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.


    The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, are a call from the United Nations to all countries around the world to address the great challenges that humanity faces and to ensure that all people have the same opportunities to live a better life without compromising our planet.

    What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
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    17 goals for a better 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:

    • Eradicate poverty and hunger, guaranteeing a healthy life
    • Universalize access to basic services such as water, sanitation and sustainable energy
    • Support the generation of development opportunities through inclusive education and decent work
    • Foster innovation and resilient infrastructure, creating communities and cities able to produce and consume sustainably
    • Reduce inequality in the world, especially that concerning gender
    • Care for the environment combating climate change and protecting the oceans and land ecosystems
    • Promote collaboration between different social agents to create an environment of peace and sustainable development.


    At ACCIONA we want to contribute to achieving sustainable development by responding to the planet's great challenges, so that current and future generations may enjoy a better life.

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    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. 


    How does ACCIONA contribute to the Global Goals?

    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.

    How ACCIONA contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals

    We provide access to water

    We provide access to water

    ACCIONA has positioned itself as a key player in the water treatment sector. Its innovative management seeks to resolve the challenges with respect to the shortage of water resources.

    The company maintains a presence in all the stages that make up the end-to-end water life cycle, from the construction of water treatment plants (purification of drinking water, desalination and sewage treatment) to the operation and maintenance of distribution and sewage networks and other services related to the sustainable management of this resource.

    Throughout its history, ACCIONA has purified, processed and desalinated water for more than 100 million people worldwide

    Learn more about what we do to provide water

    We provide access to clean energy

    We provide access to clean energy

    ACCIONA generates energy entirely from renewable sources such as wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric, thermosolar and biomass.

    The company leads in the development, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable assets, focused on mature, competitive technologies, mainly windpower and photovoltaic.

    The company positions itself as a key player in halting the advance in global warming and promoting the transition to a carbon-free energy model.

    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.

    Learn more about what we do in renewable energy

    We build resilient infrastructure

    We build resilient infrastructure


    Through its different business lines, ACCIONA offers innovative solutions that satisfy the growing demand for infrastructure, access to water and energy, etc.

    The company participates in the full infrastructure-building value chain, from identifying opportunities, design and execution, to operation and maintenance of built works.

    The company employs the most advanced and innovative techniques in carrying out projects, as well as the right technologies for each job.

    When developing its projects, it measures and manages its social and environmental impact on the communities in which it works.

    Learn more about what we do in infrastructure

    Sustainable cities

    Sustainable cities

    The rapid growth in urban centers requires new services. The activities ACCIONA creates and undertakes aim to improve the lives of citizens.

    As well as facilitating access to essential services for life - such as energy and water - ACCIONA contributes to making cities productive living spaces of wellbeing, promoting socioeconomic development of people.

    Improvement of the infrastructure network and transport connections, revitalization of urban spaces through promotion and development of housing, as well as the right management of the environment, are tackled with a sustainable focus on improving quality of life for city dwellers.

    Learn more about what we do for sustainable cities

    Mitigating the effects of climate change

    Mitigating the effects of climate change

    ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change, and the effects it causes, to be a strategic priority.

    The company works to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to contribute to society's progress and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the fields of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition toward a low-carbon economy. 

    ACCIONA has been a carbon neutral company since 2016 and considers the fight against climate change a strategic priority. 

    Learn more about how we fight climate change



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