Egholm and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals has set the course for a sustainable development and, at Egholm, we have elected to focus on four goals to which we can contribute and make a difference.
Many are familiar with the UN Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by the heads of state and governments of the world at the UN summit in September 2015. The total of 17 goals came into force in 2016 and, in the period leading up to 2030, they will serve as a compass for our common journey towards sustainable development for both people and the environment.
Circular thinking is both an option and a necessity. The pressure on the resources of the planet means that the world faces a change in the way we think about resources and production. There is a need to reduce, reuse and recycle the materials that form part of products to ensure that the volume of primary - virgin - raw materials is replaced by secondary - recycled - raw materials. A circular economy, where the linear flow from raw material to waste is substituted by a cycle in which resources are constantly recycled.
The Sustainable Development Goals apply to all countries, both rich and poor, but in order for the goals to become more than merely words, it is important to give concrete expression to sustainable efforts. At Egholm, we have worked determinedly with the sustainable development goals to identify where we, as a company, can make the greatest possible difference. We have chosen to use goals 8, 9, 12 and 13 as our starting point.
Sustainable Development Goal 8
Decent work and economic growth
At Egholm, we place great emphasis on social responsibility. We feel that we are obliged to take responsibility for creating decent jobs - amongst others by focusing on initiatives that can increase well-being in the workplace and ensure that the personal and professional competencies of our employees come into their own.
Moreover, we keep sharp focus on innovation and technological upgrade to increase both productivity and resource efficiency in everyday operations. In this area, our employees also play a central role in the implementation of new tools and technologies.
Sustainable Development Goal 9
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
We want to be at the forefront of technological developments and to help identify sustainable solutions to both financial and environmental challenges.
We know that the service life of our utility machines is approximately 20 years. Therefore, we work determinedly to map the infrastructure so that we can continue to identify new and better solutions for disposing of and reusing components in obsolete products.
Sustainable Development Goal 12
Responsible consumption and production
At Egholm, we continuously work to optimise our forms of production in a more sustainable direction. About 97 % of our total CO2 emissions derive from the use of machinery during their lifetime which is why it is the primary focus area in our ambition to reduce our CO2 footprint - in both the short and in the long term.
Sustainable Development Goal 13
But what can we, as a company, do to contribute to the green transition once our machines have been manufactured? We manufacture them to use environmentally friendly diesel (HVO100) and environmentally friendly petrol (M85), thus reducing CO2 emissions by 90 % and 65 %, respectively. But we also focus on training the people who service and use the machines on a daily basis to ensure optimum operation and use, including the possibilities of the operator to use the machine more efficiently.
Our ambition is to develop the most environmentally friendly utility machines in the market. As things stand today, electricity is an obvious fuel, but we do not want to just go with the flow if, in five years' time, it turns out that gas, hydrogen or artificial diesel is the most sensible choice. We want to do what makes most sense to everyone, both for man and for the environment.
Sustainability in motion
Working on sustainability is not a static process. We are getting smarter all the time and our new knowledge forms the basis for smarter and greener ways of doing things - and, hopefully, inspire others. But we also know that we cannot do it all ourselves. Therefore, we are very open to development collaborations with suppliers, customers, or other companies which can create a synergy in which the total sum adds up to much more than the individual parts. Because that is the essence of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: That we pull together in unity.