As referenced here previously, the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote prosperity and protect the planet include Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Climate Action among others. You can access full list here: https://sdgs.un.org  

The 2021 SDG report issued in recent weeks and it shows that progress globally has slipped as a result of the pandemic. Perhaps this is unsurprising given the increased levels of unemployment. This report includes an updated SDG index and detailed findings of each UN member’s progress towards the SDGs. Worryingly, despite the global lockdowns and decrease in activity over 2021, SDG 13 – climate action – is still struggling to make progress across the board, with greenhouse gases (GHG) continuing to rise in 2020. Slightly bucking the global trend, Ireland still saw a slight increase in SDG scores, rising from 79.4 in 2020 to 81.0 in 2021’s report.  The 2021 report gives Ireland a country ranking of 13 out of 165, with challenges remaining when it comes to providing decent work and economic growth, as defined under SDG 8. Responding to climate change which is prioritised under SDG 13, is an area where “major challenges” still remain for Ireland and progress is classed as “moderate” only.  Additionally, despite the report claiming “significant challenges”, solid progress is still being recorded for affordable and clean energy, as provided for under SDG 7. Ireland’s progress towards SDG attainment is tracked through the following website:  https://irelandsdg.geohive.ie.

 Earlier this year Ireland’s Government published the  revised Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021, which sets out the framework under which Ireland will become a climate-neutral economy by 2050. You can read more about this here:  Role of Offsite Construction in Helping Ireland Achieve Net Zero https://horizonoffsite.ie/role-of-offsite-construction-in-helping-ireland-achieve-net-zero/ 

Construction has a huge role to play in delivering on these new targets for carbon reduction and offsite construction methodologies offer the best opportunity for sustainable building. In fact, offsite construction and other modern methods of construction, or MMC, are efficient by their very nature, with further efficiencies engineered by design. At Horizon Offsite, we strongly advocate the use of light gauge steel framing for buildings as  up to 75 per cent of all steel currently used in light gauge steel framed housing is both recycled and recyclable. You can read more about the role of light gauge steel buildings in low carbon development here: https://horizonoffsite.ie/role-of-light-gauge-steel-buildings-in-low-carbon-development/ 

Also, we encourage you to follow along and contribute to Ireland’s progress in working towards meeting these critical goals here: https://irelandsdg.geohive.ie

About Horizon Offsite

Horizon Offsite Ltd is one of Europe’s leading players in Offsite Construction and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), providing a fully accredited structural light gauge steel system to the residential, industrial, commercial, healthcare and educational sectors. Contact the Horizon Offsite team at https://horizonoffsite.ie