E.ON Board of Management committed to the United Nations' sustainability goals

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Dr. Christian Drepper
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Dr. Christian Drepper

In our current corporate good governance commitment, the entire E.ON Board of Management committed to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations . The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve economic progress in harmony with social justice and environmental protection. The goals were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations together with all 193 member states in 2015 and apply equally to industrialized and developing countries. Companies are also called upon to make their contribution to achieve the global goals.

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Leonhard Birnbaum, as a member of E.ON's Board of Management member responsible for sustainability: "The UN goals for sustainability are a personal priority for me and my colleagues on E.ON's Board of Management. Responsibility for our customers and employees, for the environment and climate as well as society has always been at the centre of our corporate management. Our business is to improve people's lives. As an energy company, we can contribute in particular to improving environmental and climate protection. As the Executive Board, we are expressly committed to this. Everyone of us takes the responsibility to implement the goals of the UN into our business area very seriously."

E.ON focuses on the goals 7 "Affordable and clean energy," 13 "Climate Action," and 11 "Sustainable Cities and Communities”. E.ON can contribute to these goals directly through its business activities. A few days ago, for example, E.ON was awarded the Scandinavian Energy Ministers' Prize for an innovative project in which a community supplies itself largely only with wind and solar power. But not only individual projects count, but also our group-wide climate strategy. We want to reduce our absolute CO2 footprint by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2016 and will reduce the CO2 intensity of our customers - i.e. the CO2 intensity of the products we sell. And what are we doing here? By the end of 2030, all E.ON buildings, starting in Germany in 2018, will be climate-neutral. We do this by reducing as much as possible and using green electricity.

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