The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved in 2015 as part of a new sustainable development agenda and they are part of the Iberdrola's group business strategy.
Cities are the foundation of culture, science and social development. In 2015, close to 4 billion people lived in cities and that number is expected to increase to around 5 billion by 2030. We need to improve urban planning and management so that these spaces are more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The efficient use of resources and energy is a basic requirement for moving towards this goal.
Climate change is having a negative impact on the environment, the economy and people's health and is now considered one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. The Iberdrola group is actively and decisively contributing to a sustainable and low-carbon future to fight against this global phenomenon.
The oceans and forests are responsible for making our planet habitable. However, 40% of the world's oceans are severely affected by our activity and each year 13 million hectares are deforested. Respect for the biodiversity of all ecosystems is essential for our own survival.
Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are prerequisites for sustainable development and global prosperity. Accordingly, it is essential that policies be put in place both nationally and internationally to help developing countries manage their debt and to encourage investment.
Education is transformational, and promoting education for all is fundamental for the achievement of the other SDGs. Although there have been important advances in relation to school enrolment rates in recent years, much remains to be done.