UN Sustainable Development Goals
Fundamental to meeting our own environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments is our alignment with eight of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Our ethos and core activities are led by the energy transition. Our technology vision seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing facilities, unlock the full potential of an integrated energy system, propel the energy industry towards a digital, automated future and accelerate clean energy start-ups to build a thriving supply chain. We say hello to the future of energy and a better world for all. Discover more about how we enable affordable, clean energy here.
While focused on closing the gap in net zero technologies, our internal sustainability team offers support and tools that can help our people account for their carbon footprint. We record, measure and analyse our operational carbon footprint and set achievable reduction targets in line with government targets. We launched the Pawprint app in 2021, which helps us involve and incentivise staff on the theme of reducing our individual and collective carbon footprints.
In February 2021, Colette Cohen, CEO, pledged support for His Majesty the King, Charles III and the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s ‘Terra Carta’.
Decent work and Economic Growth
We are committed to driving economic growth and building a thriving supply chain. Through our TechX Programme we offer funding, expert mentoring and co-working space to start-ups with clean energy solutions. With an additional two years’ growth support, we help their growth trajectory continue towards successful commercialisation.
We facilitate a fair and inclusive culture with policies in place that offer our people flexi-time, necessary leave, development opportunities and more. We see our people as our greatest asset. As an accredited Living Wage Employer we are recognised as a responsible, thoughtful employer, that values our people and best practice.
One of our core values is inclusivity – we thrive on diversity of thought. We believe diversity and inclusion plays a key role in accelerating innovation. Over 50% of the Net Zero Technology Centre’s team are women; we actively champion gender-diversity in the energy industry.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
We are proud to have established a culture of innovation in which our people, partners and stakeholders are supported in the best way possible. Collaboration is key to our success; we work with technology developers, SMEs and universities to accelerate innovation and technology development. We are a trusted partner with industry, running open innovation programmes which provides funding to successful applicant developers and investment is equally matched by industry. We have also developed local centres of excellence and established two National Centres with the local universities.
Partnerships for the Goals
Co-investing with industry and working in partnership with the public and private sectors, we are funding R&D, driving investment and influencing policy to accelerate the energy transition. Our global partner network helps us shape the portfolio of start-ups and projects we invest in across a wide range of technology themes.
We have established cross-sector alliances to achieve an integrated energy system as well as cross-border collaborations with international partners. We’re developing an international collaborative study, alongside an alliance of research centres from around the world, to compare technology gaps and innovation priorities across energy basins.
We inspire, encourage and support the next generation of innovators. We have hosted 53 internships, 16 Career Ready students and nine Foundational Apprenticeships. We have supported a range of STEM initiatives such as Aberdeen Science Centre’s Theatre of Energy, FIRST Lego League, the Titan Innovation Truck. SuSTEMability, Primary Engineer, Speakers for Schools and Climate Hereos. We lend our expertise to deliver inclusive and equitable quality education to the wider community and industry, whilst promoting lifelong learning opportunities for our colleagues through our learning and development policy.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Based in the heart of Aberdeen’s city centre, we are active in supporting our local community. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we supported our technology developers in producing face shields and we assisted Aberdeen City Council in managing their COVID response data.
We were actively involved in the bid for the North East Green Freeport and work closely with Port of Aberdeen to develop technologies that enable the transition and ensure long term sustainability at the heart of the city.
We offer a healthy, accessible working environment which provides EV chargers and bike to work schemes.
Explore how we are making a difference.
Our 2021/22 Sustainability Report focusses on Sustainable Development Goal 13 in particular – Climate Action.
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