The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, Antarctica has lost about 119 billion tons of ice from 1993 and 2016, and Global sea levels have rose about 8 inches in the last century. These are just a few of the effects of climate change highlighted by NASA. In addition to rising temperatures and sea levels, researchers have also noted increases in extreme weather events, which include heat waves, drought, heavy rain, flooding, hurricanes and other severe storms.
To combat the changing climate and the effect it has on people living all over the world, the United Nations has implemented Sustainable Development Goal #13.
What is SDG # 13?
Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its global impact is the main goal of UN SDG #13. Leading the way in this goal are initiatives like The Paris Agreement, innovations of new sustainable technologies and the development of nationwide plans to respond to changing climates.
The UN’s goals for SDG #13 include:
- Strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of all countries to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.
- Integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
- Improving global education, awareness and human and institutional capacity regarding the mitigation of climate change and its impacts, early warning signs and how countries can adapt.
- Helping to implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mobilizing $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries, allowing them to implement the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible.
- Helping the least developed countries and island developing states promote mechanisms that raise their capacity to plan for and manage climate change, with a particular focus on women/youth and marginalized communities.
The UN continues to help countries develop and implement national and local disaster risk reduction and recovery strategies. Most countries have reported back that they have begun implementing these strategies as well as those tied to environmental impact assessments and climate change adaption, according to the UN.
Enel and InnoCentive Challenges Regarding SDG #13
Enel has (launched, promoted, supported) many challenges that seek solutions for contributing to the UN SDG #13 and taking action on climate change. These challenges include:
- Recycle and Reuse of Wind Turbine Blades
- Enel Open Innovability Challenge: Women In Tech
- Turning the tide on climate change
Previous challenges include:
- Leveraging Data to Offer Energy Advisory Services
- Corrosion Prevention for Medium Voltage Lines
- Seeking Partners to Develop Integrated Planning and Virtual Trip Assistance Applications
- Vegetation growth estimation
More challenges regarding SDG #13 will be unveiled in the future, check back frequently to the Incentive Challenge Center to see the latest challenges from Enel.