Sustainable development goals
As one of Europe’s leading parking service providers, Q-Park wants to demonstrate its contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were established in 2015 to address the biggest global issues – ranging from ending hunger and poverty to tackling climate change.
Figure 7 Sustainable Development Goals
Figure 8 Q-Park focus on three SDGs: 7, 9 and 11
Although Q-Park’s business potentially has an impact on all 17 SDGs, we have identified three that align most with our business, strategy and objectives and where we believe we can make a difference. These are SDG 7 (Affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy), SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
Why are these SDGs significant to Q-Park?
Today 3.5 billion people, that is half of humanity, live in cities. With an increasing world population, greater numbers of people living in urban areas, and rising prosperity, urban infrastructure is becoming significantly more important.
One of the accompanying challenges for municipalities is to maintain a liveable city as they contend with a range of issues: congestion, traffic cruising for a place to park, reduced accessibility, air pollution, and unattractive unsafe streets and squares full of parked cars. Furthermore, smart city elements that connect the physical with the digital world are increasingly finding their way into our lives.
We have further aligned our CSR strategy with the SDGs and identified the relevant sub-targets. The following table shows the relationship between the SDGs that are the most relevant for Q-Park and the company’s contribution. We have mapped these three SDGs against our Q-Park Liveability Model and have added icons throughout the report indicating the relevance of the SDGs in our CSR reporting.
Description Sustainable Development Goal
Q-Park’s activities and contribution
Affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.
Sustainable cities and communities
By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development.