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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.