End-to-end water cycle management, a cornerstone for achieving SDG

Aqualia calls for action to accelerate commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, challenges that have become more urgent in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. With the dual aim of highlighting the importance of shared responsibility and spreading knowledge about 2030 Agenda, the company has launched the video "The SDG like you've never been told"- Each of the objectives of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) is linked to other goals, such as responsible production and consumption, access to health or building sustainable cities and communities.

Access to quality drinking water and its sustainable management are key elements in ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are achieved, the universal agenda composed by 17 objectives and 169 interlinked goals that sets the roadmap towards a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive future.

On the 5th anniversary of the adoption of this great global pact and coinciding with the start of the “Action Decade” to achieve the SDG, Aqualia would like to call for action to tackle these colossal challenges, which are even more urgent following the covid-19 pandemic, and which will not be achieved without the combined efforts of the private sector, administrations, NGOs, the scientific community and citizens.

With the dual aim of highlighting the importance of this shared responsibility and spreading knowledge about 2030 Agenda, the company has launched the video «The SDG like you’ve never been told». Only thanks to the combination of individual wills will we walk towards the achievement of the SDG.

 Real and measurable performance

Since 2018, when Aqualia identified and prioritised the Sustainable Development Objectives to which it contributes through its activity and corporate alliances, the company has not ceased to reinforce its commitments and extend this culture among its employees, suppliers, collaborators and clients.

Specifically in its 2019 Sustainability Report, and after a thorough process of actively listening to 18,000 people, Aqualia has taken on board and responded to the main worries and expectations of its stakeholders: the climate emergency, water shortages and inequalities in access to water.

As SDG 6 is Aqualia’s main objective, the company focuses on indicators for each of the six specific goals of this SDG. Among other achievements, it has accelerated its efforts to transform WWTPs into biofactories; it has reduced CO2 emissions by 13.8%; it has developed digital solutions such as Aqualia Live, which facilitate efficient water management; it has collaborated with local councils in the deployment of bonds, social tariffs and solidarity funds by 58%; and it has generated an economic value of 1,262.47 million.

Each of the contributions to these goals is linked to other SDG, such as SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption), SDG 3 (health and wellness), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) or SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure). This allows for the creation of synergies that Aqualia wants to promote through the monitoring and evolution of the established metrics.

All this could not be achieved without SDG 17 and without public-private partnerships to advance the sustainability of public services. It is no coincidence that this spirit of collaboration and the call to civil society was one of the great contributions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted in 2000.
The agenda for human and planetary wellness

It has been demonstrated that without the SDG we will not achieve real sustainable development, let alone get out of this health, economic and social crisis. The 2030 Agenda proposes a drastic transformation of our growth model, towards a triple approach – economic, social and environmental– and from a “glocal” perspective, which means that it contemplates the global impacts of our local actions.

“At Aqualia, we have long understood the interdependence between economic development, environmental balance and social welfare. If we apply our capacity for innovation and transformation to end-to-end water management, we will have a direct impact on the lives of people and the planet, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”, says Félix Parra, Aqualia’s CEO, in the interview included in the 2019 Aqualia Sustainability Report.

Thus, the purpose with which the company was born remains intact.  In Felix Parra’s words, “Guaranteeing the universal right to water to ensure the wellness and progress of the people and communities in which we operate”.