Sustainable Development Goals

What are SDGs?

On September 25, 2015, the United Nations (UN) Summit in New York adopted the 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 global goals for sustainable development. With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN has defined a new standard for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda is the UN's first comprehensive set of political goals that identifies social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainable development in a balanced manner and is aimed equally at industrialized nations, emerging economies and developing countries. The 17 SDGs have been split into 169 targets or sub-targets. They refer to substantive goals or address possible implementation paths with financial or structural measures. These targets are used by states, federal states, cities and also by companies to specify their development goals.


Sustainability goals at Industriepark Höchst

For Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt, we identified the seven most relevant SDGs in a collaborative process with our cluster partners. In the following overview, we explain which SDGs these are and how we are already contributing to achieving these goals at the site.

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Good health and well-being (SDG 3)

Ensure a healthy life for all people of all ages and promote their well-being.
Examples at IPH: Insulin and COVID 19 vaccine production at the site, as well as other products from site companies working in the pharmaceutical sector.

Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7)

Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and timely energy for all.
Examples at IPH: coal phase-out and provision of H₂ fueling stations. Furthermore, we are currently examining renewable energy opportunities at the site as part of our cluster activities.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9)

Build resilient infrastructure, promote broad-based and sustainable industrialization, and support innovation.
Examples at IPH: The industrial park is at the cutting edge of technology and serves as a location for innovative companies and collaboration projects ('industrial park as an innovation laboratory').

Responsible consumption (SDG 12)

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Examples at IPH: The industrial park as the epitome of the circular economy, e.g. by refueling hydrogen trains as a by-product of industry, and by using a phosphorus recycling plant.

Climate Action (SDG 13)

Take immediate action to address climate change and its impacts.
Examples at IPH: Official target of CO₂ neutrality by 2045, and cluster collaboration to identify common transformation pathways.

Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)

Strengthen means of implementation, global partnership for sustainable development.
Examples at IPH: Cluster projects, as well as close cooperation with regional actors and promotion of international exchange of experience.

Stakeholder collaboration

The overarching sustainability goal "SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals" is of particular importance in our cluster. The process industry in Hesse is embedded in a strong ecosystem: this includes representatives from science, politics, administration and civil society. The technological, economic, social and regulatory issues on the path to CO₂ neutrality can only be solved jointly through a clear understanding of the roles and co-ownership of the various players ("Climate protection only works together").

On a vertical level, the networking of our cluster activities extends from the EU to the national level, to regional cooperation with the state of Hesse and the city of Frankfurt. On a horizontal level, we are in exchange with companies, associations, trade unions, administration, politics, NGOs, media and the neighborhood of the industrial park in order to promote the understanding of the challenges of industry, as well as the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation.


Sustainable business models

Sustainable business models are crucial for the transformation of industry. They take into account the ecological, economic and social dimensions of economic activity and capture the benefit contributions for different stakeholders (companies, shareholders, employees, neighbors, etc.).

The benefit or damage caused is recorded along the product life cycle and under consideration of different actors in value creation networks.  Aspects of energy, material and resource efficiency, circularity and net-zero economic activity are taken into account. These three dimensions are also relevant for the further development of sustainable business models at Industriepark Höchst.

We are happy to support our partner companies in identifying levers and implementing their sustainability strategies.

Offer for cooperation

What sustainability goals does your company pursue? We would be happy to support you in identifying relevant goals and developing sustainable business models.

Your contact persons

Prof. Dr. Hannes Utikal
Head of Center for Industry and Sustainability
+49 160 9737071

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