Anyone visiting the REMONDIS Group‘s stand in Hall A6 at IFAT could hardly miss them: 17 pillars in different colours, each equipped with a button, and six monitors hanging above them. This aroused the interest of many visitors: what would happen if one of these buttons was pressed? What can be seen on the monitors? In addition to the entertainment factor, the pillars and monitors primarily provided information. Information about the measures REMONDIS is taking to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals
When it comes to global sustainability, there is no getting around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). They summarise the goals with which international climate and environmental protection is to be advanced and the extent to which the developing countries are to be supported by the industrialised countries – on an economic, ecological and social level.
The SDG were defined at the UN Summit held in New York in September 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda. The SDG, which have been actively pursued since January 2016, aim to address the issue of sustainability as a community project. The focus is on the joint efforts of all 193 signatory states to the Agenda. Basically, the SDG bring together what was previously pursued separately with different projects: support for developing countries on the one hand and international climate and environmental protection on the other.
REMONDIS moves forward sustainably
REMONDIS is committed to improving living conditions in a sustainable way and to taking on ecological, economic and social responsibility, not only in Germany but all over the world. Using the 17 pillars, visitors were able to experience interactively how REMONDIS contributes to the individual SDG goals. This was an interesting door opener to find out even more about REMONDIS Group and its many activities in the three business areas of recycling, service and water at their exhibition stand.
Clicking on pillar no. 15, for example, led to the SDG “Life on Land”. The following statement appeared on one of the monitors: “It is essential that our trees are protected, as they are such an excellent natural carbon store. We are doing everything to promote the recycling of old paper to try to reduce the number of trees being felled. The facts are clear: one million tonnes of discarded recyclable paper saves around 2.6 million tonnes of newly felled timber.”
Informative, isn’t it? At least that’s what the numerous visitors at the stand thought as they tried their way through the various pillars. These are the SDGs in a given order:
1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education, 5. Gender Equality, 6. Clean Water and Sanitation, 7. Affordable Clean Energy, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10. Reduced Inequalities, 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life below Water, 15. Life on Land, 16. Peace, Justice and strong Institutions, 17. Partnerships for the Goals
Image credits: image 1-3: © REMONDIS