Sustainability At Sunbreeze
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests.
Sustainability at Sunbreeze Renewables means providing clean and affordable renewable energy solutions while safeguarding the health and well-being of our people and giving back to our environment and communities in a socially responsible manner.
Our approach to sustainability is integrated across our core business activities. We are committed to maintaining the highest ecological standards and making a meaningful and positive impact on the communities we operate in. We hire from local communities and generally lease land with few alternative uses, providing local communities with a steady stream of discretionary cash flow without displacing alternative businesses.
Our core values of trust, innovation, drive, diversity, and excellence reinforce our approach to sustainably providing energy.
Our organization has chosen to concentrate on the Following SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) : SDG # 2, 3, 6,7,9,11 & 13
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 2 is to: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. Globally, 1 in 9 people are undernourished, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries. Undernutrition causes wasting or severe wasting of 52 million children worldwide. It contributes to nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children per year.
SDG 2 has eight targets and 14 indicators to measure progress. The five “outcome targets” are: ending hunger and improving access to food; ending all forms of malnutrition; agricultural productivity; sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices; and genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals; investments, research and technology. The three “means of achieving” targets include: addressing trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets and food commodity markets and their derivatives.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
SDG 3 is to: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common causes of child and maternal mortality. Between 2000 and 2016, the worldwide under-five mortality rate decreased by 47 percent (from 78 deaths per 1,000 live births to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births). Still, the number of children dying under the age of five is very high: 5.6 million in 2016.
A 2018 study in the journal Nature found that while “nearly all African countries demonstrated improvements for children under 5 years old for stunting, wasting, and underweight… much if not all of the continent will fail to meet the Sustainable Development Goal target—to end malnutrition by 2030”.
SDG 3 has 13 targets and 28 indicators to measure progress toward targets. The first nine targets are “outcome targets”. Those are reduction of maternal mortality; ending all preventable deaths under five years of age; fighting communicable diseases; ensuring reduction of mortality from non-communicable diseases and promoting mental health; preventing and treating substance abuse; reducing road injuries and deaths; granting universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education; achieve universal health coverage; and reduce illnesses and deaths from hazardous chemicals and pollution. The four “means to achieve” SDG 3 targets are: implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; support research, development, and universal access to affordable vaccines and medicines; increase health financing and support the health workforce in developing countries; and improve early warning systems for global health risks.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG 6 is to: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.The eight targets are measured by 11 indicators. The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of the World Health Organisation WHO And United Nations International Children’s Emergency fund UNICEF reported in 2017 that 4.5 billion people currently do not have safely managed sanitation. Also in 2017, only 71 percent of the global population used safely managed drinking water, and 2.2 billion persons were still without safely managed drinking water. With regards to water stress: “In 2017, Central and Southern Asia and Northern Africa registered very high water stress – defined as the ratio of freshwater withdrawn to total renewable freshwater resources – of more than 70 percent”. Official development assistance (ODA) disbursements to the water sector increased to $9 billion in 2018. Evidence shows that both supply- and demand-side interventions financed by aid can contribute to promoting access to water, but consistent long-term investments are needed.
The six “outcome-oriented targets” include Safe and affordable drinking water; end open defecation and provide access to sanitation, and hygiene, improve water quality, wastewater treatment, and safe reuse, increase water-use efficiency and ensure freshwater supplies, implement IWRM, protect and restore water-related ecosystems. The two “means of achieving” targets are to expand water and sanitation support to developing countries and to support local engagement in water and sanitation management.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG 7 is to: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Progress in expanding access to electricity has been made in several countries, notably India, Bangladesh, and Kenya. The global population without access to electricity decreased to about 840 million in 2017 from 1.2 billion in 2010 (sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the largest access deficit). Renewable energy accounted for 17.5% of global total energy consumption in 2016. Of the three end uses of renewables [electricity, heat, and transport) the use of renewables grew fastest with respect to electricity. Between 2018 and 2030, the annual average investment will need to reach approximately $55 billion to expand energy access, about $700 billion to increase renewable energy and $600 billion to improve energy efficiency.
The goal has five targets to be achieved by 2030. Progress towards the targets is measured by six indicators. Three out of the five targets are “outcome targets”: Universal access to modern energy; increase global percentage of renewable energy; double the improvement in energy efficiency. The remaining two targets are “means of achieving targets”: to promote access to research, technology and investments in clean energy; and expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries. In other words, these targets include access to affordable and reliable energy while increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This would involve improving energy efficiency and enhancing international cooperation to facilitate more open access to clean energy technology and more investment in clean energy infrastructure. Plans call for particular attention to infrastructure support for the least developed countries, small islands and land-locked developing countries.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 9 is to: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation”. In 2019, 14% of the world’s workers were employed in manufacturing activities. This percentage has not changed much since 2000. The share of manufacturing employment was the largest in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia (18 percent) and the smallest in sub-Saharan Africa (6 percent).The intensity of global carbon dioxide emissions has declined by nearly one quarter since 2000, showing a general decoupling of carbon dioxide emissions from GDP growth. As at 2020, nearly the entire world population lives in an area covered by a mobile network. Millions of people are still unable to access the internet due to cost, coverage, and other reasons. It is estimated that just 53% of the world’s population are currently internet users.
SDG 9 has eight targets, and progress is measured by twelve indicators. The first five targets are “outcome targets”: develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructures; promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization; increase access to financial services and markets; upgrade all industries and infrastructures for sustainability; enhance research and upgrade industrial technologies. The remaining three targets are “means of achieving” targets: Facilitate sustainable infrastructure development for developing countries; support domestic technology development and industrial diversification; universal access to information and communications technology.
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 11 is to: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable”. The number of slum dwellers reached more than 1 billion in 2018, or 24 per cent of the urban population.The number of people living in urban slums is highest in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia. In 2019, only half of the world’s urban population had convenient access to public transport, defined as living within 500 metres’ walking distance from a low-capacity transport system (such as a bus stop) and within 1 km of a high-capacity transport system (such as a railway). In the period 1990–2015, most urban areas recorded a general increase in the extent of built-up area per person.
SDG 11 has 10 targets to be achieved, and this is being measured with 15 indicators. The seven “outcome targets” include safe and affordable housing, affordable and sustainable transport systems, inclusive and sustainable urbanization, protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage, reduction of the adverse effects of natural disasters, reduction of the environmental impacts of cities and to provide access to safe and inclusive green and public spaces. The three “means of achieving” targets include strong national and regional development planning, implementing policies for inclusion, resource efficiency, and disaster risk reduction in supporting the least developed countries in sustainable and resilient building.
3.9 billion people—half of the world’s population—currently live in cities globally. It is projected that 5 billion people will live in cities by 2030. Cities across the world occupy just 3 percent of the Earth’s land, yet account for 60–80 percent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions. Increased urbanization requires increased and improved access to basic resources such as food, energy and water. In addition, basic services such as sanitation, health, education, mobility and information are needed. However, these requirements are unmet globally, which causes serious challenges for the viability and safety of cities to meet increased future demands.
Goal 13: Climate action
SDG 13 is to: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy”. Accelerating climate actions and progress towards a just transition is essential to reducing climate risks and addressing sustainable development priorities, including water, food, and human security (robust evidence, high agreement). Accelerating action in the context of sustainable development involves not only expediting the pace of change (speed) but also addressing the underlying drivers of vulnerability and high emissions (quality and depth of change) and enabling diverse communities, sectors, stakeholders, regions, and cultures (scale and breadth of change) to participate in just, equitable and inclusive processes that improve the health and well-being of people and the planet.
The average worldwide temperature in 2021 was approximately 1.1°C higher than pre-industrial levels (from 1850 to 1900). The years from 2015 to 2021 were the seven warmest on record; the top three being 2016, 2019, and 2020. Currently, climate change is affecting the global community in every nation across the world. The impact of climate change not only impacts national economies, but also lives and livelihoods, especially those in vulnerable conditions. By 2018, climate change continued exacerbating the frequency of natural disasters, such as massive wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, and floods. Over the period 2000–2018, the greenhouse emissions of developed countries in transitions have declined by 6.5%. However, the emissions of the developing countries are up by 43% in the period between 2000 and 2013. In 2019, at least 120 of 153 developing countries had undertaken activities to formulate and implement national adaptation plans.
SDG 13 and SDG 7 on clean energy are closely related and complementary. The leading sources of greenhouse gas savings that countries need to focus on in order to fulfill their commitments under the Paris Agreement are switching fuels to renewable energy and enhancing end-use energy efficiency.
Our Sustainability Goals
We measure our success by how we positively impact people, society, and the planet. Our goal is to make Sunbreeze environmentally sustainable and help preserve the planet.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Through our CSR activities, we are committed to improving the quality of life in rural India.
Health & Safety
We are committed to delivering energy in a safe manner by preventing harm to our employees and contractors and keeping them alert to potential hazards at the workplace.
Social & Environment
Our focus is to sustain the health of the environment in which we operate and respect the resource needs of communities which depend on them
We are committed to achieving and maintaining a best-in-class corporate governance structure. Our governance procedures are applied to all areas of decision-making across Sunbreeze