Last year the United Nations presented the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDG’s), highlighting significant global challenges which would involve all countries. The SDG’s necessitate intelligent solutions and are intended to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The goals and targets according to Nick O’Malley, “provide a framework by which governments, non-government organisations and private enterprise can work in co-operation in their aid and development efforts’.
Of particular interest and importance for eWater Systems is Goal 12.4 stating that “By 2020, [nations] achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle…and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment’. Making smart and safe decisions in the selection of chemicals is a critical step to achieving this goal. eWater systems electrolysed water solutions are safe throughout the whole life cycle for both people and planet.
According to Professor John Thwaites Chair of the Monash University Sustainability Institute, writing in The Conversation, these goals go a step further. He said they ”offer the opportunity for a ‘win-win’ for Australia: by promoting more sustainable development we can improve the quality of life and opportunity here in Australia while also promoting prosperity in many developing countries in our region. This will be vital for our economic future and security”.
We are incredibly proud that at eWater Systems we contribute towards 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Yet, unfortunately, according to The Fifth Estate, Australia is “dragging its heels and missing out”, ranking 20th in performance towards the 17 SDGs. The Mobilising Collective Action hosted by Unilever in Sydney was a roundtable event that included businesses such as Westpac, Energy Australia, City of Sydney, World Wildlife Fund, The Climate Institute, and Sustainable Business Australia.
We all have a responsibility to do all we can to reduce our use of harmful chemicals. Endorsing these goals is a positive step in strengthening Australia’s resolve to achieving sustainable chemical usage and management.