Sustainable Development Goals in-depth
In our ongoing series “Five Points”, we’d like to explore the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. In this article, we discuss the SDGs, how they relate to tire waste, and their relationship with Contec. Let’s get started!
1. The SDGs come from MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)
The SDGs have their roots in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted by the UN in 2000 and expired in 2015. The MDGs were widely praised for their role in raising awareness about global development challenges and for inspiring climate action at the local, national, and international levels.
Despite some progress in achieving the MDGs, there was widespread recognition that more needed to be done to address global poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. This led to the development and adoption of the SDGs in 2015, which built upon the successes of the MDGs and aims to continue the momentum toward a more sustainable future for all.
2. The SDGs aren’t only dedicated to developed countries.
The SDGs apply to all countries, regardless of their level of development. This means that both developed and developing countries are responsible for working towards achieving the goals.
While some of the SDGs are more relevant to developing countries, such as ending poverty and hunger, providing clean water and sanitation, and promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, others are relevant to developed countries as well.
For example, developed countries also need to work towards achieving gender equality, reducing their carbon footprints, promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns, and providing quality education.
3. Tire manufacturing can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
There are several ways in which tire manufacturing can help to achieve SDG objectives. Companies can play a crucial role in promoting sustainable development by reducing their environmental footprints, supporting local communities, and promoting responsible consumption and production practices.
By taking action to achieve the SDGs, tire manufacturers can not only contribute to a more sustainable future but also enhance their reputation and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
4. Waste tires can be linked to several SDGs
There are 5 SDGs that the tire industry should be aware of.
SDG 12: Waste tires are a major environmental problem and can contribute to land pollution and greenhouse gas emissions if not managed properly. By promoting the recycling and reuse of waste tires, and reducing their environmental footprint, we can move towards more responsible consumption and production practices.
SDG 3: Waste tires can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests, which can carry diseases and harm human health. By promoting the proper management of waste tires, we can help to improve public health and well-being.
SDG 6: Waste tires can interfere with the flow of water, leading to flooding and water pollution. By properly disposing of waste tires and promoting sustainable waste management practices, we can help to protect water resources and improve water and sanitation services.
SDG 9: The recycling and reuse of waste tires can provide opportunities for innovation and job creation, helping to build more resilient and sustainable industries and infrastructure.
SDG 13: By reducing the emissions associated with the production and disposal of waste tires, and promoting the use of sustainable transportation systems, we can help to address the challenges posed by climate change and build a more sustainable future.
5. At Contec, we enable manufacturing companies to achieve seven of the SDG objectives:
- SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
- SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
- SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
- SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
- SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
- SDG 13 – Climate action
- SDG 15 – Life on land
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