With the escalation of global warming as a major concern and the rapid advancement of a new wave of industrial transformation, the emphasis on sustainable development has gained greater prominence within corporate narratives.
Since 2018, LONGi has been consistently releasing sustainability reports to the public, providing detailed disclosure of practices and performance in areas such as economics, environment, society, and governance.
The sixth report of the company was issued in May, 2023 with four sections: Innovation for Future, Green and Low-Carbon Operations, Growing Together with Inclusiveness and Care, and Compliance to Build Trust and Safety. Some of you may have noticed that there are some special “color blocks” showed in the introduction of each section. So, what do these color blocks represent?
17 Color Blocks, 17 Goals
These color blocks bear exclusive names—SDGs, which stands for Sustainable Development Goals. They are at the heart of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015. The agenda is an urgent call for action by all countries in a partnership to address various ecological, social and economic challenges to achieve global sustainable development. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are shown as follows.
According to the United Nations, sustainable development entails meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To achieve this, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. This has led to the establishment of 17 sustainable development goals and 169 specific targets across fields such as economic growth, education, healthcare, employment opportunities, climate change, and environmental protection. The SDGs encompass almost every aspect of human well-being and environmental advancement, applicable to all nations.
LONGi has proactively adopted the SDGs and integrated them into its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. The four outlined sections—Innovation for the Future, Green and Low-Carbon Operations, Growing Together with Inclusiveness and Care, and Compliance to Build Trust and Safety—constitute LONGi’s primary pathways for sustainable development, aligned with distinct SDGs. Through these measures, LONGi aspires to translate its commitment into concrete actions, fostering the SDGs and thereby playing a role in advancing the sustainable development of global society.
Affordable for All
SDG7, ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’ aims to ‘ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. The goal has five targets to be achieved by 2030. Progress towards the targets is measured by six indicators. The specific targets for SDG7 include:
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services.
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.
7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services in developing countries, particularly least developed countries, small island developing states, and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programs of support.
When it comes to SDG7.1 and SDG7.3, LONGi has consistently advocated for energy equity and strives to make energy affordable for all. To realize this, the company employs ongoing technological innovation to increase efficiency and reduce costs, and through collaborative efforts with partners across the supply chain, LONGi works towards genuine fairness and shared benefits.
As for SDG7.b, the development of the regions in developing countries where LONGi operates has always been the focus of the company. With the help of its photovoltaic technology, LONGi is committed to help those who are in needs and support biodiversity conservation, bringing economic and social value to local communities.n Africa, economic development across various regions is highly imbalanced, with a significant portion of the population still residing in areas without electricity access. By donating PV products to help residents in electricity-deprived areas of Africa, LONGi helps them access clean energy and improve healthcare, education and living standards there.
Within the expanse of photovoltaic arrays in Shaanxi, China, an unlikely harmony is achieved – a space where diverse entities such as vegetables, medicinal herbs, and photovoltaic panels coexist harmoniously. Rows of neatly aligned photovoltaic panels are glistening in the sunlight, continuously converting solar energy into electricity. Beneath the panels lies a vibrant agricultural solar greenhouse, where organic vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are cultivated. Outside the greenhouse, traditional Chinese medicinal herbs like Scutellaria baicalensis and Bupleurum chinense are grown.
In the era of global carbon neutrality, LONGi has already embarked on the journey of progress along with clean energy development. In the face of an immensely vast market, LONGi’s willing to collaborate with more partners sharing common principles to drive the just transition and sustainable development of global energy, jointly building a path towards responsible business practices.
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