RAG Austria AG is committed to promoting the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by Austria and all other UN members in the shape of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In the course of our 2019/2020 materiality analysis, we decided not only to continue making a contribution to the achievement of SDGs 7, 9 and 13 by capitalising on our core competences and our strategic focus on sustainability, but also to extend the scope of our efforts to include SDGs 8 and 12.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy – ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Our contribution: Supplying affordable, clean energy is our core business. All of our efforts are geared towards ensuring secure, sustainable energy supplies to our customers as well as their customers in the future.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth – promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Our contribution: As a responsible employer, a customer to regional businesses and a research partner for universities and companies, we help to create added value in Austria and Central Europe, ensuring the development and retention of technical and scientific expertise and knowledge related to energy and decarbonisation technologies.
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure – build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
Our contribution: Our secure and resilient facilities safeguard security of supply for Austria and Central Europe. We also invest in infrastructure that is paving the way for the seasonal, year-round storage and supply of large volumes of renewable energy.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production – ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Our contribution: RAG makes every effort to ensure that resources are used as efficiently as possible, minimise environmental damage at its storage facilities, adopt a full-life-cycle perspective in product procurement, and raise awareness of aspects of sustainability in the supply chain. By laying the groundwork for the storage of large quantities of hydrogen, we also promote the expansion and development of the hydrogen economy, as well as the year-round, eco-friendly use of hydrogen as a fuel and raw material.
SDG 13: Climate action – take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Our contribution: Our research projects will serve to enhance the storage and conversion of renewable energy. By 2025, 10% of our supply needs will be met by carbon-neutral energy from our own production facilities, and by 2040 all of the energy RAG needs is scheduled to come from our own climate-neutral sources.