UN Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs

17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, world leaders gathered at the UN and adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, promote prosperity, ensure well-being for all, and protect the planet. Within the 17 goals there are 169 targets and indicators to guide action. UN member states are expected to align their agendas and political policies with the SDGs. The SDGs came into force1 January 2016 and the deadline for achieving them is 2030.

The SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were perceived by many to be too narrow and failed to consider the root cause of poverty while overlooking for example gender inequality and development as a whole.

The SDGs need to be seen in its whole, yet we can expect businesses to prioritize certain goals where they can make the biggest impact.

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How to meet SDG 7 – affordable and clean energy

Goal 7 is to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” Target 7.2 specifically says: “By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”

To meet SDG 7 ECOHZ can document the origin of your energy consumption globally with Guarantees of Origin in Europe, RECs in North America and I-RECs in a select and growing number of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Companies can also create renewable energy while consuming renewable energy. ECOHZ has developed a new, innovative concept called GO2 that combines the purchase of renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin (GO) with top financing to named renewable projects. This will ensure that more renewable energy is produced as a direct result of your renewable energy consumption. It enables you to produce more energy than you use.