The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of the of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and were adopted by world leaders at a historic UN Summit in September 2015. The 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.
Energy is a key driver of sustainable development and is often described as the ‘golden thread’ that links most of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda pledge to ‘leave no one behind’. Ipieca convenes the sector to align and accelerate contributions to national achievements of the goals.
In 2021, Ipieca, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development launched Accelerating action: An SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector. The Roadmap aims to further prioritize areas where the sector can significantly impact SDG progress by identifying key impact opportunities for the most material SDG goals and targets, coordinating effort across the entire industry to establish a collective sector pathway to 2030.
Coinciding with Stockholm+50 in June 2022, Ipieca released an SDG Roadmap progress report providing highlights from over a year of implementing the Roadmap, including examples of how Roadmap actions are embedded in the Ipieca business plan.
In 2017, Ipieca partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to develop a shared understanding of the implications of the UN SDGs for the oil and gas industry and how the industry can most effectively contribute. The resulting Ipieca-IFC-UNDP SDG Atlas presents the SDGs goal by goal, focusing on the contribution the industry can make to each goal, by integrating them into core business operations and by identifying opportunities for oil and gas companies to collaborate with other stakeholders and leverage experiences and resources in support of the goals.