How Solar Energy Is Helping Meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and Changing Lives

HE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS were launched in 2012 to tackle the most pressing challenges facing the environment and humankind. Seven years later, there is still much work to do. Despite the numerous initiatives launched, the Amazon rainforest is still burning at an alarming rate as polar caps continue to melt. Extreme weather events have become the norm, while carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere peaked this May. Observers are predicting that the world is on the edge of a climate change cliff, with devastation to the environment reaching a point of no return unless urgent action takes place.

One bright spot: The private sector is stepping up, and companies like Hanwha are innovating technologies to advance the use of renewable energy and promote responsible consumption and climate action — the key sustainable development goals supported by Hanwha. Hanwha, a Fortune 500 company, is the market share leader in the solar industry in many countries, including Germany, the U.K. and Japan. In the U.S., Hanwha dominates the residential market sector for solar.

“Hanwha aims to provide fundamental solutions to social problems,” says Sun-mok Choi, president of Hanwha Communications Committee, adding that Hanwha’s business activities, technologies and other initiatives are all aimed at benefiting the public. “We believe Hanwha’s solar technology is a great means to bring about such changes.” Hanwha’s state-of-the-art innovations in solar energy are not only making a more sustainable way of life possible for everyone, they are also powering social initiatives addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

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