Using the SDGs to measure how projects impact sustainability

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New scorecard to help clients meet the UN’s sustainable development goals on their projects.

Ramboll has developed a digital Sustainable Development Goals Scoreboard enabling clients to use the global goals set by the United Nations as key metrics for project-specific sustainability assessment.

All over the world governments, companies, public agencies, and utilities have set solid ambitions for supporting sustainable development. However, as some struggle to make the overall ambitions implementable and measurable, Ramboll has developed a highly user-friendly digital assessment tool – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Scoreboard – to help clients concretise their aims within the widely used and generally accepted SDG framework.

Created by sustainability specialists in Ramboll’s global water division, the SDG Scoreboard makes it possible to use the 17 goals – including the targets and indicators related to each of these goals – as key metrics for the project assessment. Such an assessment can provide value in all phases of a project, which could be everything from the design of a new pipeline to a new wastewater treatment and resource recovery plant – from the initial scoping phase to post-project evaluation.

“The SDG Scoreboard helps our clients bridge the gap between overall ambition and project-specific execution. The scoreboard can be used to inform discussions and decisions of sustainability-related targets as well as for reporting and documentation purposes throughout all phases of a project,” says Carita Bang, product manager at Ramboll’s water division.

Initial client feedback on the SDG Scoreboard has been very positive. While some have used it to guide clear target-setting and reporting, others have used it to get more familiar with the SDG framework as a whole. Although the tool has been developed by Ramboll’s water team it is applicable to all kinds of engineering and consultancy projects where sustainability could – or even should – be measured.