A new year is upon us – and one that will be pivotal for international environmental efforts on a number of fronts. Firstly, we have now reached the mid-point in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This set of broad and ambitious objectives covers topics from affordable and clean energy to climate action. While some progress has been made, it is clear that the international community has some way to go to reach these goals. Another issue covered by the SDGs – clean water – will also be in the spotlight this year, as the UN holds its first global water conference in almost 50 years this March in New York.
These initiatives, together with the agreements brokered at COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, need innovation and bold thinking to be successful. They will require governments and companies – like ours – to work in partnership to drive progress. In this issue, you can learn more about the ways that REMONDIS is catalysing change around the globe, from recycling fridges and reverse vending schemes to ramping up public transportation access. No single step will solve the climate crisis. Instead, it will take many different projects like these to help reach the SDGs and provide a clean and healthy environment for everyone.
Wishing you and your loved ones all the best for a healthy and prosperous 2023.