“Our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals is firmly embedded in everything that we do, in Denmark and abroad, in developed and developing nations alike.”
In 2015, countries from around the world gathered in support of the United Nations decision to establish world-wide goals for sustainable development in seventeen vital areas, forming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs are also a commitment for the developed world, replacing the Millennium Development Goals which focused solely on developing countries.
In working with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Denmark and abroad, we have closely aligned our vision and values with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We find support for our passion in four specific goals, namely: No. 7 – affordable and clean energy; No. 11 – sustainable cities and communities; No. 13 – climate action; and No. 17 – partnerships.
Sustainability makes Good Business Sense
At Danish Energy Management and Esbensen, we understand that the business case for sustainability is well established. Having identified the SDGs that are closely related to our market area, we are able to integrate these goals across our business in a holistic way. This will create value not only for ourselves, but also for our partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders by for example stimulating product and service innovation, identifying and developing new market segments, increasing sales, strengthening our brand, improving operational efficiency and reducing employee turnover.
By aligning with the SDGs we can set more meaningful goals for ourselves, and communicate more effectively about our commitment to sustainable development.
Principles for measurement towards the SDGs
“In measuring our work and progress towards SDG 7, 11, 13 and 17, we are guided by the ten principles for Global Monitoring set out in the Indicators and Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a Data Revolution (2015).”
Ten principles for Global Monitoring:
- Limited in number and globally harmonized indicators
- Simple, single-variable indicators, with straightforward policy implications
- Allow for high frequency monitoring
- Consensus based, in line with international standards and system-based information
- Constructed from well-established data sources
- Mainly outcome-focused
- Science-based and forward-looking
- A proxy for broader issues and conditions