03.02.2020 | This is how Axpo contributes towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals
Through climate-friendly electricity production and the provision of innovative services such as customised power purchase agreements (PPAs), Axpo is playing a key role in achieving the Sus-tainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are Axpo’s main priority, is provided below.
Climate-friendly or even completely CO2-free electricity production is the key to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, because this can “decarbonise” the “mobility” and “heat” sectors, making them greenhouse gas-free. The average greenhouse gas intensity of electricity production in Europe has fallen markedly in the last few years, but it still stands at around 300g CO2/kWh. Under the Paris Agreement, all UN Member States have committed to keeping the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. This results in reduction pathways for greenhouse gas intensity from electricity production.
Axpo is committed to energy efficiency improvements in four areas: production increases in power plants; reductions in electricity transmission losses; reductions in consumption in the operation of its own buildings; and reductions in consumption by customers thanks to energy efficiency services.
Axpo is the largest Swiss producer of renewable energy. With the acquisition of wind farm developer Volkswind in 2015 and photovoltaic company Urbasolar last year, Axpo has strengthened its activities in the field of renewable energies.
Axpo is responding to the trend towards increasingly decentralised and intelligently controllable elements in the energy system with numerous products and services, both in Switzerland (mostly via its subsidiary CKW), as well as in other European countries.
The United Nations adopted Agenda 2030 in 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their 169 sub-goals are at the heart of Agenda 2030. These goals are to be implemented by 2030 by all UN Member States, including Switzerland. The private sector, and in particular energy companies, play a crucial role in this regard, because sustainable energy production is the key to achieving the targets of various SDGs.