The influence of engineering on the 2030 Agenda

March 4, World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development

How can engineering help achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda?

When we talk about the 2030 Agenda, about the SDGs, an actor becomes one of the backbone and key to this change: Engineering; and as a company and sector, we must position ourselves as leaders in sustainable transformation, helping to improve the health of the planet.

UNESCO’s “Engineering for Sustainable Developmentreport explains “why engineering is crucial for sustainable development and why the role of engineers is vital in addressing basic human needs such as poverty alleviation, providing clean water and energy, responding to natural disasters, building resilient infrastructure and reducing development gaps among many other factors, leaving no one behind.”

It is for this reason that we have to become engines of change and first reinvent ourselves as a sector to lay the foundations for the change that we want to initiate in society.

At BAC, as engineering, we are immersed in this change, we have redefined our objectives focusing on circularity

desarrollo sostenible para el planteta

At BAC, as engineering, we are immersed in this change, we have redefined our objectives focusing on circularity to make sustainable development a reality. It is our obligation to do so, but it is also our obligation to disclose it; We must be able to transmit our knowledge so that others can also apply it, thus advancing as a team and contributing to sustainability.

We have to provide long-term solutions that help us reduce our impact on the carbon footprint

Circular engineering is and must be the great ally of this change, providing long-term solutions that help us reduce our impact on the carbon footprint. We have to design, produce and build more efficiently, thinking that the elements can be repaired, reused and reindustrialized. At a particular level, we can change our daily habits to contribute to the conservation of the environment, but the decisions we make in engineering or construction are going to have a much greater impact.

Likewise, we have to redefine the concept of waste and turn it into an opportunity. We have a practical example in the sustainable pavements that are currently being developed, taking advantage of materials such as initially non-recyclable plastics

Nuevo pavimento sostenible en el Paseo de la Verneda de Barcelona
Pilot test with sustainable pavement made with plastics on Passeig de la Verneda in Barcelona

With the current focus on material savings, circularity and other impact indicators of productive activity, sustainability has come to stay under brilliant strategies and solutions that drive project design, reverberating economic, environmental and social benefits.

Only if we all get involved will we achieve the goals set in the #Agenda2030 and also set more ambitious goals for the 2030-2050 period.

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