Sustainable Development Goals and the solutions put in place by the Viessmann Group

The 2030 agenda for sustainable development outlines a plan of action for everlasting prosperity not only for people, but also for the planet. At the center of the agenda are the 17 goals for sustainable development (SDGs), which call for action from all countries - developed and undeveloped - in one global partnership. The SDGs focus on everything realizing that strategies for ending poverty must be connected with strategies to improve health and the environment, reducing inequality, and increasing economic growth. The sustainable development goals have to be coincidently addressed as they are all important in our ever changing world where we are also fighting climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. 

The SDGs were analyzed by Viessmann for relavance and later inclusion in the sustainability strategy. Eight SDGs have been identified as applicable to the process and production practices at the company and have been included in the sustainability strategy. The SDGs measurable indicators are also included in the background of the sustainability strategy. The most important aspects of the sustainability strategy are the people who make the changes and their stories. Through people, we are able to make improvements in energy efficiency and climate protection possible, implementable, and repeatable.  

The following SDGs have been identified for improvement at Viessmann.

Goal 5: Accomplish gender equality and self-determination for all women and girls

The goal focuses on eliminating all forms of discrimination towards women. The central focus is to equalize the participation of women in the job market and the possibilities for having both a family and job for women and men with the desire of a partnership dividing the familial responsibilities. 

Goal 6: Security of clean water and sanitation for all

SDG 6 first addresses fresh water access as a global initiative. The specific aspects are access to clean drinking water, water quality improvement, efficient and sustainable use of water in all areas, integrated water resource management, and watershed protection. 

SDG 7

Goal 7: Secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and renewable energy for everyone

The availability of reliable energy is the base of every economy, in which man can live a happy and fulfilled life. One of the biggest transformation goals of every economy in the world is to fulfill their energy requirements with renewable energy. Along with the switch to renewable energy, a focus on decreasing the demand of overall energy production through increasingly energy efficient processes is just as important.  

Goal 8: Durable, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, a productive workforce, and decent work options for everyone.

Economic growth is the base for well-being in industrial countries. Economic growth ensures increasing salaries and safe workplaces for citizens. It also lays the groundwork for a powerful society and can raise the market potential for public affairs. SDG 8 also focuses on coupling increases in resource and energy efficiency with increases in economic growth.

SDG 11

Goal 11: Make cities and ghettos inclusive, safe, available, and sustainable

Urbanization is growing worldwide. Even though cities only take up about 2% of the land space, more than 50% of the world population reside in them. Cities and thus central areas must be sustainably built. On one side cities drive the national economy, culture, and innovation, but on the other side they account for 80% of the CO2 emissions and concentrate societal issues. To develop sustainable cities, there should be a high level of focus on eliminating these problems.  

Goal 12: Ensurance of sustainable consumption and production

The 12th goal is focused on well-being. On one side fulfilling a worthy lifestyle and on the other side retaining from overusing resources. It is important to connect the individual actions with the global impact and reduce the overall complexity of the global system. 

Goal 13: Understanding the effectiveness of the fighters of climate change

SDG 13 serves as the protection of one of the most important worldwide load limits which is extremely important for preserving resources for the current overconsumption of mankind. The preservation of the global climate is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. In order to achieve worldwide sustainability, urgent and ambitious actions should be guided towards reducing emissions detrimental to the environment as well as increasing awareness of climate change.

Goal 17: Improve replacement options and the global partnership for sustainable innovation

SDG 17 can be seen as a politically focused goal. at the same time, organizations can look into participating in innovative work through partnerships with stakeholders within the entire supply chain. Lastly, all 17 goals can only be accomplished when all stakeholders around the world work together. Networking can lead to new partnerships, creative solutions, and improved best practices.     

What is a SDG?

In September 2015 the UN released the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) out of a general council meeting in New york. The SDGs sketch a new and ambitious worldwide agenda to reduce poverty and hunger, improve health, establish equal rights, protect the earth, and much more.

It will be nearly impossible to have actual improvements without education for all children and teenagers around the world. Therefore, education is integrated into all SDGs. Data, especially the UNESCO world education reports, specifically show how important education is for the 17 sustainability goals. 

A timeline of the SDGs: The SDGs were constructed from centuries of work from countries and the United Nations, in addition to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nation. 

  • In July 1992, more than 178 countries came together to discuss the climate summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Agenda 21, and develop an overall plan of action to build a global partnership for sustainable innovation to improve the quality of life of citizens and to protect the environment.
  • In September 2000 at the United Nations meeting in New York the participating countries agreed to a Millennium Declaration for the Millennium Summit. The assembly began to work on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce extreme poverty by 2015.
  • The sustainable innovation and implementation plan from the Johannesburg declaration was developed in 2002 in the world summit for sustainable development in South Africa. The plan increased the responsibilities of the world partnerships for the fight against poverty, environmental protection, and improving Agenda 21 and the Millenium Declaration, with a focus on developing multi-tiered partnerships.
  • “The Future We Want” document was established by the participating countries in the July 2012 United Nations sustainability conference (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The document declared a process to implement a number of SDGs, which are built on the MDGs, and for implementation by the High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development. The document from Rio +20 directed other areas for the implementation of sustainable innovations, such as mandates for sufficient programs in research financing, Small Island Developing States, and more.
  • In 2013, a general assembly made up of 30 people was established to develop ideas for the SDGs.
  • In January 2015, the general assembly began to meet with corporations about the innovation agenda for after 2015. The process assembled in the end the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 SDGs as the base for the UN Summit for Sustainable Development, which occurred in September 2015.
  • 2015 was a determining year for establishing the diverse and international political system, with the generation of more important agreements: 
    • The Sendai Framework for catastrophe risk reduction was implemented (March 2015). 
    • The action program for financing research in Addis Abeba was established (July 2015). 
    • Changing our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the 17 SDGs was established at the UN assembly for sustainable development in New York (September 2015). 
    • The Paris Agreement over climate change was established (December 2015).
  • The yearly High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development acts as the central UN platform for the following and reviewing of the SDGs. 

Today the German Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) offer a high level of security and increase in capacity for the SDGs and the themes that are connected to them: water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transportation, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships, and Small Island Developing States. The DSDG plays a key role in nominating of the system wide application of the Agenda for 2030 through the United Nations and through the advocacy and outreach activities together with the SDGs. In order for the 2030 Agenda to come into reality, it is vital to have completely independent responsibility for the SDGs and strong engagement in the implementation of the global goals. The DSDG would like to play its part to help the plan succeed.