Sustainable Development Goals

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What is the effect of 1H2O3 through aquaponics, aquaculture, sanitation and drinking water on sustainable development goals? This is what we will discover in this article, starting by reminding what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs change the way we think about money, growth and profit. They see economic well-being, social inclusion and environmental sustainability as closely linked. The SDGs are universal and were created to “leave no one behind”. The goals apply to rich and poor countries, cities and villages, young and old, men and women.

What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are also called SDGs. They represent an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. They recognize that the elimination of poverty and other deprivations must go hand in hand with strategies such as:

  • improving health and education
  • reduction of inequalities
  • the stimulation of economic development

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals link these strategies while addressing climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

How the SDGs were created?

The concept of the SDGs was born at the 2012 Rio+20 summit in Brazil. At the summit, government leaders began to create a set of universal goals to combat poverty, ill health, inequality and environmental degradation. The idea was to use the SDGs as a new agreement to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ceased to exist in 2015.

It took three years to develop the objectives and targets. Governments, businesses, communities, universities, NGOs and youth from around the world participated in the negotiations, and over seven million people voted in 84 national surveys.

On September 25, 2015, after many years of discussions and consultations, the 193 countries finally agreed and signed the SDGs and commit to achieving them by 2030. You can find the agreement on the UN website.

The objectives and targets are strongly linked to each other. For example, poverty (Goal 1) can lead to hunger and malnutrition (Goal 2), which can lead to health problems (Goal 3) that may affect the ability of children to complete their education (objective 4) or adults to find employment (Goal 8). As you can see, the links between the objectives mean that we cannot consider them separately from each other but as a puzzle, which cannot be completed without all the pieces.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are accompanied by 169 specific targets and 232 measurable indicators. These targets and indicators will help countries to plan their policies, measure their progress, identify gaps and report results to the international community.

What issues are covered by the Sustainable Development Goals?

Political, social, environmental and climate issues are discussed through 17 objectives.

  1. No poverty : Stop poverty everywhere in the world and in all its forms
  2. Zero hunger : Eradicate hunger, achieve food security, better nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Good health and well being : Ensure healthy living and promote wellness for all at all ages
  4. Quality education : Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Gender equality: Achieving gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls
  6. Clean water and sanitation : Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Affordable and clean energy : Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Decent work and economic growth : Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure : Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and boosting innovation
  10. Reduced inequalities : Reducing inequalities within and between countries
  11. Sustainable cities and communities : Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Responsible consumption and production: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Climate action : Take urgent action to combat climate change and its effects
  14. Life below water : Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Life on land : Protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions : Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, ensure access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. Partnership for the goals : Strengthening the way we implement and invigorate the global partnership for sustainable development

At 1h2o3, we have long been involved in aquaponics, for example. This is reflected in our logo. Well, aquaponics creates an impact in 6 of the above categories!

How does 1h2o3 integrate the SDGs in its development?

Governments are not the only ones working on the SDGs. Many NGOs use them in their planning and decision making. A large and increasing number of private companies, city councils and universities are doing the same. It is also the responsibility of each individual to make a contribution.

1h2o3 has integrated the principles of sustainable development since its creation:

The company’s goal: to facilitate access to water treatment technologies

The first beneficiaries of clean water are aquatic organisms. Before thinking about us, humans, let’s remember that those who suffer the effects of our activities are above all fish and other amphibians. Rejecting “decent” quality water should be mandatory. However, most countries cannot afford to build wastewater treatment plants. Moreover, during pollution, remember that fish do not call 112 to complain… They suffer and we don’t realize it. We have been looking for a long time at how we can help aquatic biodiversity. In our opinion, the obstacles to good water treatment are access to technology and its price.

This is why we decided to create this platform, 1h2o3, to :

Our eco-designed equipment range

In order to create the necessary impact for the protection of waterways as quickly as possible, we decided to create our own range of modular equipment. We have selected 100% renewable materials. For each product, we performed a life cycle analysis. We have built our business by limiting as much as possible the impact related to transportation and electricity consumption. Thanks to all this work, we have won several prizes! We are very proud to have been awarded the Solar Impulse label!

 

Working while limiting our environmental impact

We have taken a series of measures to limit our environmental impact: no offices, little air transport, no company cars, green electricity, recycling of materials… We do our best and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our work tool by limiting the impact of our activities. Our commitments are published and evaluated by an independent organization.

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