An analysis of the importance of good management of energy and utilities in companies as a contribution to achieving the goals established in the 2030 Agenda
At the meeting in New York on 25 September 2015, the UN and 193 leaders of countries that members of the United Nations established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved in 15 years, called the 2030 Agenda. The 17 goals that succeed and update the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) involve diverse areas such as eradication of poverty, food security, agriculture, health, education, energy, water and sanitation.
What is the objective of the 2030 Agenda?
The 2030 Agenda includes a set of programmes, actions and guidelines that will guide everyone - governments, institutions, companies, and people in general - in work that will contribute to the journey toward sustainable development. All countries have committed themselves to reaching the targets by the date established, through national policies and activities with international support. Given this scenario, the engagement of the private sector is also essential to achieving the global targets.
How can the private sector contribute?
Sustainable development, the focus of the 2030 Agenda, is based on the education of quality, environmental preservation, and economic growth.
In this way, the implementation of the goals in the planning of companies is essential, whether through the optimization of operational routines or also in the realization of investments. In addition, it brings a series of favorable and intangible aspects to the organization, such as the following:
- Brand credibility;
- Increase in competitiveness;
- Looking to the eradication of issues that hinder global economic, social, and environmental development;
- Focus on the future of the company and its collaborators.
Energy and Utilities Management and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Companies have sought in the market solutions that can optimize costs. Areas such as energy management are prioritized with a view to how they are intimately related to the various points of the 2030 Agenda. The impacts of a successful management of energy and utilities in companies contributes to achieving the goals.
Below are some important points that can engage your company in this program:
• Training of personnel oriented to sustainability: the formation of a culture focused on the rational use of resources is an important point addressed by the 2030 Agenda. The involvement and training of personnel aiming at the creation of a collective consciousness that looks to optimize resources is a prerequisite for achieving the objectives of the program.
• The conscious use of energy and water - an important aspect of governments and organizations around the world: goals such as the prioritization of generation of renewable energy, water recirculation, verification of costs by area, are already present in many corporations. To enable this, a monitoring of data and information of consumption processes is needed that leads to responsible production, reduction of environmental changes and universalization of the use of energy and water. Through the accounting of data of energy and utility meters, the generation of important information that implies knowledge, companies decrease costs and start to invest in innovation, knowledge, and growth. As a consequence, we have responsible consumption of the inputs used, the generation of employment, the well-being of staff, and economic growth. Initiatives such as this can also help companies obtain ISO 50001 certification, which contributes to the continuity and maintenance of the energy efficiency program and of the policies of energy management.
• Control of emissions of greenhouse gases: decreasing the effects that these gases bring about in the environment is one of the goals most discussed. So much so that a few years ago the Kyoto Protocol was signed, created for companies to be able to purchase credits through the reduction of greenhouse gases. By controlling multiple variables it is possible to reduce the release of gases of a process, bringing information important for the realization of an optimization and consequent decrease in the release of pollutants, fighting climate change, maintaining responsible consumption, and the well-being of all living things on the planet.
The 2030 Agenda is necessary due to the waste that we see daily on a global scale. The goals were established so that everyone can contribute and provide a socially and economically sustainable future for the next generations.
Thinking about sustainability in a socioeconomic and environmental vein will help all those involved to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Being sustainable today goes beyond corporate social responsibility or philanthropy. It is dealing with pollutants that the company releases, effectively managing energy and utilities, educating employees in policies oriented toward conscious consumption in the day-to-day, always looking for innovation in all areas of production, and better managing of available economic and environmental resources.
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