The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, our projects have numerous additional positive effects for people and the environment in the project regions.

  • E.g. our forest protection projects not only contribute to carbon avoidance, but they also help to ensure the water supply for the local people and to protect the habitat and rare animals.
  • Our renewable energy projects avoid carbon and create jobs at the same time.
  • Finally, our Social+ projects, such as the use of efficient cookstoves in developing countries, also ensure that the local air quality improves and that in particular local women gain time for higher-quality activities than collecting wood.

Carbon financing and social added value

Our carbon reduction projects are always development projects that contribute to achieving more than one of the global development goals (Sustainable Development Goals) defined by the United Nations. Climate action and development work are inextricably linked. While the social benefits provide additional benefits to a carbon reduction project and are often the actual reason for the project implementation on site, the income from the sale of the project's emission reductions provides the financial basis for the implementation of the project.

The 17 development goals of the United Nations - the framework for determining the social added value of our carbon reduction projects

When describing the so-called social co-benefits of our carbon reduction projects, we are guided by the framework of the 17 sustainability goals specified by the United Nations:

No poverty is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. No poverty: The economic advantages that can result from carbon reduction projects are diverse. Our projects help to stimulate regional economic cycles and reduce poverty.
No hunger is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. No hunger: Forestry and agriculture play an important role in global security of food supply. Our carbon reduction projects accelerate, among other things, the introduction of sustainable management methods in agriculture and forestry, whereby yields can be optimized.
Health is a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal from 2015.

Health and wellbeing: Many of our carbon reduction projects contribute to the health of people in the project regions through the provision of clean drinking water or contributions to improving local air quality.

Education and training is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Quality education: Lots of our carbon reduction projects strengthen the educational opportunities at the project location. Direct support for schools through donations in money or in kind is also an integral part of many projects.

Equality among the sexes is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Gender equality: Collecting firewood and boiling water are time-consuming activities that are mainly done by women in many regions of the world. The introduction of efficient cookstoves or the distribution of water filters for water treatment allows, above all, especially women to invest more time in productive activities or in their own further training.

Clean water is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Clean water and sanitation: Many of our carbon reduction projects have positive effects on regional water cycles. Our forest protection projects help e.g. while avoiding the silting up of water sources. Other projects facilitate access to clean drinking water.

Clean energy is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Affordable and Clean Energy: The gap between supply and demand for available energy is widening in many emerging and developing countries. Renewable forms of energy help to close this gap in a sustainable way and to improve the living conditions of many people.

Safe working conditions is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Decent work and economic growth: The development of carbon reduction projects creates new jobs - for example in the construction and operation of new energy systems. For project regions with high unemployment, these employment opportunities offer an important source of income.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure: Financial support from the income from carbon reduction enables the implementation of innovative projects that could not be financed in any other way. Many projects lead to the expansion of regional transport routes and supply structures.

Reduced inequality is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Reduced inequalities: Inequality is one of the major obstacles to political stability. Many of our carbon reduction projects promote development in the poorest regions of the world and help prevent the economic divide between rich and poor from deepening.

Sustainable cities and communities is a 2015 United Nations Sustainability Goal.

Sustainable cities and communities: By developing new supply and development solutions, our carbon reduction projects can help defuse potential conflicts and improve coexistence in urban areas.

Responsible consumption and production is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Responsible consumption and production: Many of our carbon reduction projects promote the development of sustainable economic and production cycles in the respective project areas.

Climate protection is one of the United Nations' 2015 sustainability goals.

Climate action: Protecting the climate is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century and is the central goal of all of GoClimateAction carbon reduction projects.

Clean seas is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Life below water: By building sanitary and water treatment systems, our carbon reduction projects help keep water resources clean and thus protect the maritime habitat.

Protection of all living beings is a 2015 United Nations sustainability goal.

Life on land: In addition to reducing emissions, many of our carbon reduction projects also help to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the environment. Protecting forests also makes an active contribution to maintaining biodiversity.

Peace, justice and strong institutions is a 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: A lack of development prospects promotes strife and corruption. The support of economic development through our carbon reduction projects can therefore also facilitate the development of constitutional structures in the project countries.

Partnerships for goal attainment is a 2015 sustainability goal of the United Nations.

Partnerships for the goals: In order to successfully implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, state, private, and civil society engagement must come together. With the support of our carbon reduction projects, you can make an important contribution to this.