SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

SDG7 targets the universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services. This includes substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and improving energy efficiency.

Access to electricity is accelerating: the global electrification rate hit 89% in 2017. But this still leaves some 840 million people without access, with the energy deficit greatest in sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile, those without access to clean cooking fuels and technologies number close to 3 billion.

Although growth in renewable energy has outstripped total energy consumption since 2012, faster change is needed to meet climate goals. Similarly, despite global primary energy intensity (the ratio of energy used per unit of GDP) falling from 5.9 in 2010 to 5.1 in 2016, it is not going fast enough to meet the goals of SDG7.

How CSC is making a positive difference?

The CSC certification plays a pivotal role in advancing Sustainable Development Goal number 7 by significantly contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions within the cement industry. Through its comprehensive framework, CSC ensures that participating companies implement effective measures to minimize their carbon footprint. These measures include the adoption of sustainable transport management systems, fostering awareness among workers regarding energy-saving practices, and establishing policies to systematically measure and reduce CO2 emissions. Furthermore, CSC encourages public commitment to CO2 reduction and greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting, thereby fostering transparency and accountability within the industry. By adhering to the E3 criteria of the CSC certification, companies not only commit to reducing their environmental impact but also contribute to promoting responsible energy use and mitigating climate change on a global scale.

Where does it appear in the Technical Manual ?

E3 – Energy & Climate
To promote the responsible use of energy and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

E3.01 Climate policy

E3.02 Monitoring of GHG emissions

E3.03 Public reporting of monitoring results

E3.04 Externally verified reporting of GHG emissions

E3.05 Reporting to GNR database

E3.06 Reporting to CDP

E3.07 Science based CO2 emission reduction target

E3.08 Achievement of CO2 emission reduction target

E3.09 Energy saving awareness creation

E3.10 CO2 emissions

E3.11 Use of renewable electrical energy

How the cement and concrete industry is making a positive difference

The provision of sustainable energy infrastructure is central to the sustainable transformation of communities, underpinning goals related to poverty reduction, healthcare, education, clean water and sanitation, gender equality, and climate change. And concrete has a key role to play. From geothermal projects and wind turbine foundations, to flywheels, concrete’s strength, durability, and resilience to climate-related and natural disasters make it as an essential building material for much energy-related construction, helping ensure communities have access to a reliable and secure energy supply (SDG7.1).

Meanwhile, concrete’s ability to absorb and store heat offer a number of advantages. It improves the energy efficiency (SDG7.3) of buildings through passive cooling, whereby heat is absorbed during the day and released at night, reducing the use of energy-intensive cooling systems, such as air conditioning. It could also make concrete an important energy storage solution in its own right, supporting the widespread adoption of renewable energy (SDG7.2) by helping to balance electricity grids.

At an operational level, cement companies are large-scale users of electricity. Through the latest digital technologies, companies are now able to more tightly control the process than ever before, significantly improving the industry’s energy efficiency (SDG7.3), thus reducing total required energy. Cement companies have also increased, by a factor of nine since 1990, the use of alternative fuels, preserving other energy sources. When combined with the increasing use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, this has the potential to have an important positive impact on the carbon intensity of its products, helping the industry meet climate change goals.