Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: Draft Atlas for Consultation

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Equitable Origin and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network have published, “Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector: An Atlas,” a consultative draft on the opportunities for the renewable energy sector to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The renewable energy industry is instrumental to the achievement of all of the SDGs. Given the urgency and scale at which renewables must be deployed to meet the world’s sustainable development and climate goals, it is especially critical that the industry understand its potential impacts—both positive and negative—on all of the SDGs. As this report details, renewable energy project developers and operators can best support the achievement of the SDGs by incorporating responsible and human rights-respecting practices into their core business operations and collaborat­ing with other stakeholders to amplify impact. This new report, “Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the SDGs: An Atlas,” therefore aims to help senior management, staff, and boards of renewable energy companies to:

  • Better understand how the renewable energy company operations relate to the achievement of each SDG;
  • Access examples of good practice and guidance on actions that renewable energy companies can take to maximize positive contributions to the SDGs and minimize negative ones

Update June 2019: This consultation is no longer open. The final version of the report is available here.

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15 January 2019

Mapping the renewable energy sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Equitable Origin & UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

This Atlas intends to serve as a guide for renewable energy developers and operators to maximize their contributions to the SDGs. The Atlas recommends specific actions that companies can take to advance each SDG by incorporating responsible practices into their core business operations and collaborating with other stakeholders to amplify impact... By committing to integrate the SDGs and human rights principles into core business, renewable energy companies can:

  • Minimize environmental, social, and regulatory risk;
  • Manage uncertainty and improve project planning efficiency;
  • Bolster company and sector reputations to find new market opportunities; and
  • Attract and hold investors.

Those that fail to engage meaningfully with the SDGs and do not respect human rights may put both their own projects as well as the broader clean energy transition at risk.

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