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Sustainability

Our contribution to the SDGs

 

The UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The aim of these goals is to promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

 

In order for these goals to be successful, we must all work together to create a better tomorrow.

VisBlue supports the UN's

Sustainable Development Goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do we contribute to Goal 2?

Target 2.A “Invest in rural infrastructure, agricultural research, technology, and gene banks”

No one should die of or suffer from hunger and to fight hunger, sustainable agriculture is key, along with modern and innovative technologies.

Unsustainable farming leads to environmental degradation, drought, and loss of biodiversity, which results in a rising number of people becoming malnourished or hungry.

 

We support Goal 2 and Target 2.A through our installation on the Danish island Livø. Our installation on Livø provides a basis for sustainable farming to take place. Here, our battery provides the island with reliable electricity,

by storing the surplus energy from the island’s renewables (solar panels

and a wind turbine) for later use.

 

This ensures that the farming on Livø is well on its way to depend 100% on renewable energy and phase out its old and polluting gensets.

 

Read more about Goal 2 here.

In order for Goal 2 to become a reality by 2030, we want to install and assist in additional projects that support sustainable farming.

How do we contribute to Goal 4?

Target 4.7 “Education for sustainable development and global citizenship”

Goal 4 is important to us, as we believe that education is a fundamental

right. Through education we become innovative and acquire knowledge, which is a crucial part in securing the future for us and our planet.

 

With the help of NRGi’s Værdipulje, we contribute to Goal 4 and Target 4.7. We do this, by inviting schools around Denmark to visit us and our

facilities, where we teach them about energy in general, energy storage,

and the future of energy.

 

At the moment, more than 1,000 school children have visited us during

the last year. We also invite other interested parties, such as municipalities and companies, to come by and experience our facilities and learn

something new about energy, which we hope inspires thought and action.

 

We also work together with Aarhus University to help educate students

and ensure a better quality of education. An example of how this is done is through the internships we offer at VisBlue (see Target 8.6).

 

But this is not all we do – we also take every chance we can to visit

schools, municipalities, companies, etc. and educate them about energy, energy storage, and innovative thinking.

This is something we want to keep doing to make sure that the word of

green energy and sustainability is spread.

 

Read more about Goal 4 here.

To ensure that Goal 4 becomes a reality by 2030, we want to keep educating and spreading knowledge, and in that way do everything we can to ensure that everyone has access to (sustainable) education.

How do we contribute to Goal 6?

6.3 “Improve Water Quality, Wastewater Treatment and Safe Reuse”

Everyone should have access to clean water and sanitation. In order to ensure the availability of clean water, it is necessary to install modern and innovative technologies that enable this.

 

We support Goal 6 and Target 6.3, through a future installation at a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) on the Dutch island Texel. At the WWTP Texel removes contaminants from their wastewater, whilst our

battery solution will help reduce their carbon footprint and promote the island’s sustainable profile.

 

Read more about Goal 6 here.

In order for Goal 6 and Target 6.3 to become a reality by 2030, we want to increase the number of sustainable WWTPs and projects as such throughout the world, to ensure access to clean water through sustainable methods.

How do we contribute to Goal 7?

As daily improvements are to be found in the renewable energy scene, it

can seem like cheap, reliable, and efficient energy lies just on our doorstep. However, much of this energy is lost, as it must be used within the hour it

is generated.

 

We want to make sure that cheap, reliable, and efficient energy becomes a reality, by installing batteries that store surplus and unused quantities of sustainable energy. In this way, more of the renewable energy is utilised

and as little as possible goes to waste, and our dependence on fossil fuels becomes significantly reduced, and in the long run non-existent.

7.1 “Universal access to modern energy”

We store the surplus energy that renewables, such as solar panels and wind turbines, generate, which results in a better utilisation rate of green energy.

It also means that we help provide and secure people around the world

with a stable access to affordable and clean electricity.

 

7.2 “Increase global percentage of renewable energy”

With the installation of batteries, we can help make affordable and clean energy an increasing part of the global energy mix, by making better use of renewable energy before 2030.

 

7.3 “Double the improvement in energy efficiency”

At the moment, we are working on optimising the effect of our battery solution. We are researching the efficiency of the electricity that enters and leaves the battery and we are increasing this efficiency.

7.A “Promote access to research, technology and investments in clean energy”

Two of VisBlue’s co-founders work at Aarhus and Porto University, which means that we are in close contact with the University and research world. Because of this, we contribute with research and knowledge regarding energy, infrastructure, and clean technology, among others.

 

We participate in R&D projects through both national and international funding programmes. Examples of these projects are the Danish EUDP and Horizon from the EU (data: 2019). We share the findings from these projects in order to help promote access to research and knowledge within the field of clean energy. We share the findings on our website, newsletters, and social media accounts.

 

7.B “Expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries”

We contribute towards a more sustainable future, by expanding and upgrading the energy infrastructure. This will help both stabilise and optimise the grid in a sustainable manner.

 

We want to install our batteries on off-grid sites, islands, sites where the grid is unstable, and in developing countries, in connection with renewables. We have already installed batteries in off-grid site applications like Livø (see Target 2.A).

 

Read more about Goal 7 here.

We want to keep contributing to Goal 7 and its targets, by ensuring that as much of the energy generated from renewables is used and that everyone has access to a stable, cheap, clean, and efficient energy supply by 2030.

How do we contribute to Goal 8?

Both decent work and economic growth are important to us and we want

to make sure that we support proper and sustainable work and growth.

 

We believe that sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation are some of

the best ways to promote economic growth, whilst simultaneously

creating more jobs.

8.3 “Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises”

We want to share our story of being a product of entrepreneurship and inspire others to do the same. We have participated in both national and international funding programmes, such as the EUDP, which has helped

us to grow from zero to twelve employees in the process of four years

(data: 2019).

Therefore, we want to spread the message, support, and encourage other start-ups and SMEs to embark on a similar journey.

 

Innovation and projects of such a nature are important to us as well. We support creativity and innovation, by participating in innovative projects, such as ORBATS, where we are developing an organic electrolyte for our battery solutions.

 

8.4 “Improve resource efficiency in consumption and production”

We want to take the lead and improve our resource efficiency. We do this

by recycling and reusing the materials and resources from our old

batteries. We are researching replacing our vanadium electrolyte with an organic electrolyte (ORBATS project, see Target 8.3), for the purpose of decoupling the link between economic growth and environmental degradation. This will leave a much smaller impact on our planet and we strive to have finished our research and our organic electrolyte in use

before 2030.

 

At VisBlue, we use subcontractors for specific parts of our battery, such as the pumps and pipes. This allows us to make our production more efficient and it allows us to focus on what we do best – assembling batteries and providing these with an intelligent cloud solution.

8.5 “Full employment and decent work with equal pay”

We have and will continue to hire young people with a newly finished degree. We encourage other enterprises and organisations to do so as

well, as we have experienced success in integrating young and newly graduated people.

As VisBlue grows, we will by 2030 continue to hire whomever fits our work culture, as we do not discriminate. In 2030, we estimate that we will be 50 employees at VisBlue.

 

8.6 “Promote youth employment, education and training”

We support internships and educational programmes in any way that we can, and two of our former interns are now employed at VisBlue. We have provided international internships for nine students and we have had six student helpers employed at VisBlue (data: 2019).

 

8.7 “End modern slavery, trafficking and child labour”

Regarding our production, we strive procure our materials and resources

in a sustainable and responsible way. Child labour and modern slavery

must be abolished, which is why we are in the process of making sure

that our resources, such as the vanadium we use in our electrolyte is

mined and extracted responsibly WITHOUT using child labour. If we

should discover that the origin of our resources is questionable, we will

find a new supplier.

Read more about our responsible production in Target 12.2.

 

Read more about Goal 8 here.

In order for Goal 8 and its targets to become a reality by 2030, we want to keep encouraging and supporting sustainable work and economic growth. Just as important, we want to ensure that modern slavery and child labour are put to an end, which we will do, by making sure that our resources come from sustainable and responsible origins.

How do we contribute to Goal 9?

Modern and resilient infrastructure is the future, but this future must also

be sustainable and innovative. And let’s not forget – it needs to function.

 

To meet our future aspirations of becoming 100% independent from fossil fuels, our current infrastructure must either be upgraded or replaced. We believe that an upgrade of the energy grid is the most effective and sustainable solution to accompany our green goals for the future.

In this way, we can accompany the increasing demand for solar panels,

EVs, recharging points, heat pumps, etc.

9.1 “Develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructures”

Sustainable and reliable infrastructures are a necessary part of our future and we contribute to this by upgrading already existing infrastructure. We contribute to the expansion of infrastructure through a project called Grid Connected. The point of this project is to install batteries in existing energy infrastructure, which helps to handle peak periods and stabilise the energy grid.

 

9.2 “Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization”

We want to promote sustainability within industries and focus on ensuring that infrastructure upgrades and industrialisation are done sustainably, by researching their needs for energy storage.

We have developed a simulation tool that can estimate both the price and size of a specific battery project.

9.4 “Upgrade all industries and infrastructures for sustainability”

We want to spread the word regarding clean and resilient infrastructure, and we want to be a part of this infrastructure by 2030. We want to make sure that we have a presence in those places, where storage can complement renewable energy. In this way we are helping industries and companies to invest in sustainable infrastructure.

 

9.5 “Enhance research and upgrade industrial technologies”

By 2030 we want to upgrade research and technology within sustainability and energy. Before 2030, we expect to have a general upgrade of our current battery technology. This will result in an even more sustainable and efficient storage solution that will be suited for a larger range of applications, from residential to large scale projects.

 

Read more about Goal 9 here.

We want to keep contributing to Goal 9 and its targets, by ensuring that an upgrade of the infrastructure, or a plan of one, is completed, along with an enhancement of research within sustainable technologies by 2030.

How do we contribute to Goal 11?

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Therefore, the

cities and communities of the future must be sustainable, innovative, and inspirational.

 

We accompany energy storage with a cloud solution, which enables cities and communities to track their energy production and consumption. This allows them to set specific goals and to visualise these goals and data,

which in return helps them to become even more sustainable.

 

We also offer a service agreement on our batteries. Through service, we

can act proactively and prevent a crash, issues of short circuiting, or even

see if a battery is not functioning ideally.

 

We assist housing associations with energy optimisation. We have

installed battery solutions in two housing associations in Denmark, BOLIG+ and Lille Birkholm, and these two are examples of how we have optimised the energy production and consumption of such associations. Both

projects have a payback period of ten years.

 

In all simplicity, we support Goal 11 in terms of monitoring, energy optimisation of cities, better utilisation rate of renewables, and stabilisation of the energy grid, which equals an increase in cities and communities’ sustainable profile.

11.3 “Inclusive and sustainable urbanization”

We enhance the possibility for sustainable urbanisation to take place through intelligent cloud solutions, monitoring, service, higher utilisation rate of renewables, and energy optimisation (see Goal 11).

 

11.6 “Reduce the environmental impact of cities”

We allow sustainable urbanisation to thrive. Or better explained, the installation of energy storage in cities and communities allows for clean and affordable electricity to take place, which benefits every part of a city and community.

 

In this connection, we establish contact with municipalities and cities who are determined to become green and rely on 100% renewable energy. At the moment, we are in contact with several municipalities, including the municipality of Aarhus.

In this way, we support and actively reduce the environmental impact that cities and communities, large and small, have on our planet.

 

Read more about Goal 11 here.

In order for Goal 11 and its targets to become a reality by 2030, we will contribute in making our cities and communities sustainable through innovative technologies, software, and energy optimisation.

How do we contribute to Goal 12?

By 2030, according to the UN, all companies will include sustainability

into their conducts. We support this inclusion of sustainability, by

continuing to optimise the recycle and reuse of our production.

12.2 “Sustainable management and use of natural resources”

We strive to manage the resources and materials we use sustainably and responsibly. One of these resources is the vanadium we use in our

batteries, and vanadium is easy to come by, as it is mined all over the

world (Asia, Africa, Russia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the US).

 

Vanadium is possible to extract as a biproduct of iron and steel production. Around 70-85% of vanadium is extracted from iron and steel slag.

When procured this way, vanadium is not extracted on its own, but as a waste product. By 2030, we will become even more conscious of how we procure our resources and what type of resources we use.

 

At the moment, we are engaging in a dialogue with our suppliers, to

ensure that the vanadium we procure is mined under fair conditions

without the use of child labour and slavery (Target 8.7).

As mentioned in Target 8.7, it is easy for us to switch supplier, if we should encounter sustainable or moral difficulties.

 

We also reuse the tanks that our vanadium comes in and use these as part

of our finished product. This equals less waste and a better utilisation of

the resources we use. By 2030, we want to optimise the reuse and recycle

of even more of our production.

12.4 “Responsible management of chemicals and waste”

We manage our chemicals and waste in a responsible manner. This is a target that must be reached by 2020 – and it is a target that we have already reached.

100% of our chemical waste is passed on to the municipality of Aarhus, where they handle it responsibly from thereon.

 

12.5 “Substantially reduce waste generation”

99% of the material used in our batteries is recyclable. By 2030, we want

to continue reducing our waste in general and recycling old battery parts and reusing these in new battery solutions and/or reusing our liquid electrolyte in alloy for tools. We contribute to Target 12.5 by responsibly reusing and recycling the waste from our production through waste sorting, such as separating paper and plastics.

 

In order to reduce ours and our customers’ waste generation, we offer

our customers a buy back solution. This provides them with the choice to sell their battery back to us at the end of the product’s lifetime,

eliminating their concerns for how to handle and recycle it.

This equals a better economic setup and payback period for our

customers, and it provides them with a product that embraces the cradle to cradle mindset.

Our buy back solution helps to establish a sustainable energy infrastructure, which combats the effects and changes of climate change.

 

Read more about Goal 12 here.

We want to keep contributing to Goal 12 and its targets, by ensuring that both our production and consumption are managed responsibly and sustainably and that that we continue to optimise these by 2030.

How do we contribute to Goal 13?

Through the previous mentioned goals, we contribute to Goal 13, by modernising our infrastructure through installations of green energy

storage solutions and through the creation of new jobs (see targets 8.3

and 8.5).

 

Our battery solutions help reduce the amount of CO2 that is emitted into

our atmosphere every day. At the moment, we are researching the carbon footprint of our battery solution, which will provide us with the possibility

to map and visualise exactly how we contribute to the reduction of CO2, climate change, and its implications.

 

13.3 “Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change”

We contribute to Target 13.3 by improving education and teaching

children and institutions about climate change and what we can do to

reduce our impact on the planet. Our contribution is further described in Target 4.7.

 

Read more about Goal 13 here.

In order for Goal 13 to become a reality by 2030, we will contribute in leading and participating in research and development, and modernisation and optimisation of the energy infrastructure.

How do we contribute to Goal 17?

17.7 “Promote sustainable technologies to developing countries”

In order for sustainable development to flourish, international partnerships and collaborations are needed.

 

We contribute to Goal 17 through several international partnerships,

where we collaboratively investigate possible installations and projects of

 our sustainable technology in Africa and in the rest of the world.

 

Read more about Goal 17 here.

We want to keep contributing to Goal 17 and its targets by establishing a greater number of partnerships and collaborations by 2030, to make sure that we all will succeed in the realisation of the Global Goals.

Why the SDGs?

 

We want to raise awareness about the SDGs and contribute in creating a better world.

 

Sustainability is not just about how we treat our planet, but an interest in the welfare of everyone and everything – from the environment to animals and people.

Therefore, sustainability is measured in our ability to provide fair and good living conditions for ourselves without exceeding the living conditions of future generations.

 

At VisBlue, we want to ensure that future generations and our planet will prosper and thrive, which is why we aspire to contribute to as many SDGs as we can.

 

Because sustainability is a part of our DNA.

What the SDGs mean to us

At VisBlue, we do not only see the point of implementing sustainability in our business conducts for the sake of just our business.

We do it because we feel a strong obligation to do what we can to ensure the environment and a certain quality of life for us and future generations.

 

The implementation of green energy and the transition of it is a sustainable solution to the climate crisis we are facing.

With batteries, we can help to realise several of the SDGs by upgrading our current energy infrastructure.

 

Because energy storage increases the progress, profit, and recycling of sustainable energy.

VisBlue has won the hi Sustainable Development Award!

 

hi Tech & Industry Scandinavia has launched a new

award, the hi Sustainable Development Award.

The starting point of the award is the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Earlier this year, we announced that VisBlue was nominated for this award.

We are now very proud to announce that we have won the hi Sustainable Development Award.

 

Read more about our nomination on hi-industri here.

See what our CEO Søren has to say about our nomination!

 

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