Explore synergies between PEER and the U.N. SDGs

Explore synergies between PEER and the U.N. SDGs
Paige McKnight, Georgia Kerkezis and Angela deRose

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The PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) rating system offers a holistic and universally applicable tool to support the development of a reliable, scalable and resilient grid.

Strategies promoted by PEER drive market transformation in the power and energy sectors in ways that address climate change, protect the environment, and promote access to affordable and reliable energy. There are many synergies between PEER and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were created as a global effort to address the social, economic and environmental issues facing society today. Explore all of the synergies between PEER and the SDGs, to identify strategies to achieve specific SDGs through PEER certification.

Take a look at how PEER advances the following goals:

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

  • Reducing user energy costs through strategies such as improving energy efficiency, lowering operating costs, and providing users with data and information on how to reduce energy consumption through smart grid technologies.
  • Improving reliability of energy systems against environmental, economic and social shocks through the creation of multiple distribution pathways and alternative electricity sources.
  • Promoting local, renewable energies and reducing fossil fuel consumption through loss minimization associated with energy transmission and encouraging energy efficiency.

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • Protecting critical and essential infrastructure such as fire services, sewage, transportation, education and medical care from climate-related threats and providing power, safety and shelter to communities in emergencies.
  • Installing distributed energy resources that reduce the environmental consequences of energy generation, transmission and distribution.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • Hardening power systems against flooding, storms and other extreme climate events through the implementation of preventative measures and design considerations such as emergency response plans for short-term and extended power interruptions.
  • Supporting carbon neutrality goals through scaleable renewable energy technology and clean energy policy and management.
  • Inspiring engagement with certification programs of industry leading rating systems addressing sustainability, resilience and reliability in communities and the built environment.

Explore the PEER and U.N. SDG synergies