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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.