The Ambition behind the Arena17
Our goal as a company is to make positive change easier. We have supported hundreds of businesses to save money and reduce their carbon emission, but there is a limit to what we can achieve alone.
This is where the Arena17 project comes in; it is an online platform that combines data from our extensive project database with online accounting tools to tailor recommendations to the needs of business today and prepare companies for a low carbon future. We wanted to create a tool that would allow you to make informed business decisions while contributing towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Concept and the Name
The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to work towards to create a sustainable world for all. They are global goals that include environmental concerns as well as social inclusion goals. Our ambition for the Arena17 is to create a platform that can provide recommendations for businesses to contribute towards all 17 of these goals. We believe that the only effective way to do so is to step into the arena and join the effort, hence the name Arena17.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Arena17 is a work in progress; to build our proof of concept and our demonstrator, we will be focusing on the SDGs relating to resource efficiency and carbon reduction, the goals we have the most data for. Transparency is important to us, so instead of making big claims we have identified the ways in which we believe you can use the tool to work towards these goals so you know exactly what we are promising to deliver.
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Receive different recommendations to improve resource efficiency and increase your bottom line
- Grow your company through demonstrating a positive environmental impact in tenders and industry awards
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
- Impartial recommendations that allow you to choose an affordable renewable energy option for your business
- Contribute to renewable generation while reducing your energy spend
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
- Understand consumption against industry benchmarks so your business is not left behind
- View recommendations to help reduce costs by using energy resources more efficiently
13 Climate Action
- Access tools that will help you adapt your business to a low carbon economy
- View recommendations to help you understand the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions
A vision for the future
The Arena17 was conceptualized as a platform that can address all 17 sustainable development goals. We don't currently have the data necessary to build all of these functionalities into our proof of concept, but we have ideas for what would be needed for the next step towards achieving this vision. Below you'll find an overview of some of these ideas.
3 Good Health and Well-Being
With the right data, the Arena17 could help you keep track of your business travel habits and employee absence patterns to highlight business problems or crunch periods. It could allow you to identify and address potential underlying causes like insufficient heating or intolerable crunch periods for employee absences.
5 Gender Equality
Using payroll data, the Arena17 could help you identify gender pay gaps and address them.
10 Reduced Inequalities
Using payroll data, the Arena17 could help you identify inequalities in pay grades or working hours and work towards addressing them.