We strive to have a positive impact on our environment whilst reducing our negative impacts. In 2013 we created Greenplan, which has helped us reduce waste to landfill, methane emissions and track carbon from business travel and other areas. Greenplan has helped us improve awareness and performance but we now need a more inclusive Sustainability strategy.

Our new strategy will be based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG’s). This UN-SDG framework has been adopted by many large businesses and countries around the world, and we are proud to be doing the same. Using the SDG’s allows us to focus on some of the wider areas of Sustainability from Clean and Affordable Energy to Responsible Consumption. We want to lead by example and go above and beyond to help create a better environment.

We recognise that leakage from our network plays a big role in our carbon footprint and we are developing plans, innovating and challenging what we do in order to reduce our impact.

Below is an overview of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the relative importance and significance to SGN which will lead to our strategy.

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Image of icon grid of sustainability goals. These are as follows: No poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitisation, affordable energy, decent work and economic growth, innovation, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities, responsible consumption, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, partnership for the goals.

SDG sustainability goals. Icon grid courtesy of The Global Grid (