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Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all as part of the global sustainable development agenda. Adopted by the United Nations (UN) member states in September 2015, the SDGs will shape government, business and civil society priorities to 2030.

There are 17 SDGs, each supported by specific targets to be achieved over 15 years, which relate to economic development, social development and inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Urenco has analysed the SDGs and assessed where our operations have the potential to positively impact the 17 goals. In the areas where we make the biggest impact, we include a synopsis of how our business aligns to each specific goal.

SDGs

SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Safety is a priority and a core value for Urenco. Our Zero Harm programme drives our strong safety culture. We encourage employees to take responsibility for their personal safety at work and home.

SDG 4: Quality education

Each year, we carry out a range of initiatives designed to promote science education. Through our Richie education programme, we engage and inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, with a view to creating the energy leaders of the future.

SDG 5: Gender equality

Diversity and inclusion is a high priority for us as we want to create a workforce that reflects the society in which we operate. We believe that promoting and supporting inclusiveness, and making the most of diversity, is good business, creates a safer workplace, enhances decision making, improves performance and most importantly is the right thing to do.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

Our role in the nuclear fuel cycle facilitates the production of clean and reliable electricity. The U-Battery will also enable the supply of off-grid, low carbon power to remote communities and isolated locations.

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Urenco provides practical and financial support to local communities. We also generate employment opportunities and economic growth in the local communities in which we operate.

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

We support the research and development of new and innovative technologies, through our Dutch-based business unit Urenco Stable Isotopes, our involvement in the U-Battery consortium and our investment in nuclear new builds through the construction of the Tails Management Facility.

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Through our integral role in the production of nuclear power, we are indirectly supporting cities and communities to reduce their CO2 emissions and engage meaningfully with sustainable development.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment through initiatives which cover energy efficiency, emissions, water usage and waste.

SDG 13: Climate action

In October 2018, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change predicted severe effects of climate change by 2030 and identified nuclear as one of the technologies necessary to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In this respect, Urenco plays a hugely significant part in this based on its role in the nuclear fuel supply chain.

SDG 16: Peace and justice – strong institutions

We are fully compliant with all the laws and regulations governing the nuclear industry. Through our commitment to the treaties that govern us, we promote the peaceful application of civil nuclear power.

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