United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Of the 17 SDGs, our energy and infrastructure solutions and services are directly aligned with three Sustainable Development Goals.
Additionally, we use our knowledge and resources to support life below water and on land.
Based on our materiality assessment and evaluation of each SDG’s sub-targets, we consider our contribution to 5 SDGs, where we consider Fugro’s contribution is most meaningful. These goals are a good fit for us because they align with what we do, and how we do it. Namely: make impact by offering excellent services, being a good employer, a responsible company, and managing our impact on society and the world.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
Target 7.1: By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services.
Target 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
At Fugro, we offer site characterisation and asset integrity services for the development and operation of clean, renewable energy resources. Most notably offshore wind farms.
We also provide sustainable, innovative solutions for data acquisition and expert advice to our clients. This enables them to develop, design, and operate fossil resources in a safe, responsible way. Fossil resources? Yes, because they’re still vital, particularly natural gas as a transition fuel.
SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Target 9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
Target 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.
Target 11.5: By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.
Fugro site characterisation and asset integrity solutions ensure the safe, sustainable development of various infrastructure assets. We provide the data, analysis, and advice necessary to improve their design, operation, and performance.
Our expertise when it comes to coastline and subsurface mapping helps protect cities, communities, and vital ecosystems from extreme weather and rising sea levels. Furthermore, our specialist resources and digital solutions help keep people safe in areas that are prone to earthquakes, environmentally sensitive, or urban or industrially complex.
We partner with governments, industry, academia, and research and development institutions around the world. And we participate in standard-setting organisations. We also lead an association in the Dutch maritime industry, which aims to develop technology for green methanol-fuelled vessels. Finally, we contribute to the development and adoption of clean technology for low-carbon vessel operations.
SDG 14: Life below water
Target 14.a: Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries.
We map coastal areas. Particularly those of vulnerable geographies. Our environmental baseline studies help understand, manage, and monitor the environmental impacts of our clients’ marine projects.
By partnering with UNESCO’s Oceanographic Commission, we actively support the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). This programme aims to improve the coordination of and access to global ocean science data. Data that is necessary to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and create sustainable ocean development worldwide.
We also contribute to Seabed 2030, a programme aimed at mapping the entire ocean floor for scientific, environmental, and economic benefits.
SDG 15: Life on land
Target 15.9: By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts.
We offer advice on sustainable levee designs and water management. This way, we help minimise the impact of drought on flooding. On both terrestrial ecosystems and land.
Our digital asset management solutions help maintain and modernise electricity grids. And make them more resilient. These solutions also help prevent bushfires. Finally, we use our extensive know-how in aerial imagery to help prevent biodiversity loss.