In our company, we fully support the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs to preserve our planet by working every day to make the energy from the sea available to the world. And in particular we provide advanced engineering technologies and services for renewable energy applications in the sea. Thus our vision fully incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN. Furthermore we support the common goal of achieving a better, greener (or bluer) and more sustainable future for everyone.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Signed in September 2015 by the 193 United Nations member countries, it incorporates 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover these build into a large action program for a total of 169 targets. The SDGs, developed after the Millennium Development Goals, represent global common goals. In fact they span important interrelated economic, social and environmental issues. Concurrently, every country and every individual need to collaborate to lead the world on the path of sustainability.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals We Will Contribute to Achieve
Currently, over 10% of the world’s population lives without electricity, while unstable electricity grids serve around one billion people. However, with wave power we could be able to supply energy to 27 billion people. And this is why we continue to relentlessly experiment and develop technologies. In fact we want to contribute to the achievement of Goal 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, which aims to:
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
The milestone achieved with the ISWEC technology (Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter), moored off the coast of the Island of Pantelleria, is an example of our commitment. In fact, on the island the electricity is produced at far higher costs, if compared to the continental grid. There the ISWEC has the opportunity to prove itself as more competitive than current status quo.
9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure;
9.5 Enhance scientific research and upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors.
In fact we strive to support economic development and human well-being, focusing on affordable and equitable access for all.
The resources consumed by the world population at present are more than the ones the planet can supply. Therefore, to restore a balance, it is necessary for our society to radically change its way of producing and consuming. From this perspective, the different technologies developed in our laboratories demonstrate how to make a difference. And we achieve this by implementing an efficient use of natural resources. In this way, we fulfill the target of Goal 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. With almost 8,000 km of coastline available, Italy has some very favorable locations for collecting energy from the sea. This geographical condition makes our country a perfect territory for the use of this renewable energy source.
All our research activities are also aimed to fight climate change, the focus of Goal 13, through which hopefully urgent action will be taken to combat the climate crisis and its impacts. Energy is in fact the main cause of changes such as global warming and the greenhouse effect. Thus we accepted the challenge for alternative energy solutions that respect the environment and guarantee a sustainable future for our planet.
Advancing Our Committment towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals
(Updated March 28th, 2019)
One of the most important results coming from our commitment materialised in 2019, when thanks to the collaboration with Eni, we completed the installation of the ISWEC system in the Adriatic Sea, about 13 km from the coasts of Ravenna, which today hosts the most important center for mining activities in the Adriatic Sea. This is the first hybrid system in the world through which transforms the energy produced by waves into electricity. While adapting to different sea conditions, the plant ensures high continuity in energy production thanks to the installed photovoltaic.
As a matter of fact, the plant showcase a hybrid smart grid system unique in the world. Such a system consists of a photovoltaic array and an energy storage unit. For the first time, sun and the waves contribute to generate electricity in the same plant. The partnership with Eni accomplishes Goal 17 – Partnership for the goals, aimed to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”.
This collaboration grounds on a common vision and objectives, which focus on a development aimed at safeguarding the planet. We immediately understood the need to take urgent action to “promote the transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies”. And consequently, with Eni, we can now exponentially amplify our impact and the speed of industrial development of the ISWEC.
In the sustainability sector, the development of innovative solutions created in close collaboration with the industrial world is essential. Undeniably it represents the only possibility to ensure their adoption in the market.
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