The environment is all the living entities surrounding us. From these we get water, food, fuel, and raw materials to manufacture the items we use daily. If we abuse or misuse natural resources, we endanger and exhaust the environment.
At SQM, we are strongly committed to sustainable development, which implies that the company carries out its operations in harmony with the environment, making an effort to use natural resources and production inputs sustainably while minimizing possible impacts related to their production processes.
Currently, one of the most studied issues is related to the large amount of CO2
dispersed into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. As we study this problem in detail, we see that this gas has a significant greenhouse effect and could be causing global warming and climate changes that could be catastrophic.
“Of the more than 10,000 Terawatt-hour (TWh) of electricity generated by the countries members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), solar energy is only 8 TWh”.
Even though, solar energy technologies, including photovoltaic, solar concentration, and thermal solar energy, are the fast growing sources in the world. These low carbon emission technologies could provide more than 30% of the total world energy for 2040.
During the last decade, there has been a significant growth in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) throughout the world. This extraordinary increase has paralleled the increase in literature dealing with the ICT contribution to economic growth, development, and poverty reduction.
“ICT has been described as the means through which developing countries can skip technological stages and barriers to reach economic growth and comprehensive development”.
Water and fertile soil are essential resources for human beings and their availability on the planet becomes more and more scarce. SQM´s commitment to these challenges is shown in its delivery of high quality products, in addition to well-balanced nutrition programs that respond to the specific needs of the soil, allowing farmers to produce quality, healthy, and abundant crops in order to meet the growing world´s food demand.
The fast increase of global population and the agricultural production decrease due to factors such as scarce water and infertile soils imposes immediate challenges. In fact, almost one billion people suffer from malnutrition and 400 million are chronically under-nourished. In 2050 there will be more than 9 billion persons in the world, and 60% more food will be needed in that decade.
In addition, the fast-paced life the globalized world imposes problems such as depression and other psychological disorders, with a significant impact on people’s health.
“As a world leader in Specialty Plant Nutrition, iodine, and lithium, SQM provides concrete solutions to face these enormous global challenges, generating a large impact on people’s lives”.
Food production capacity faces more and more challenges, including a world population that is expected to grow to almost 9 billion by 2050, and the decrease in usable soil in relation to the population. In order to feed everyone, the world agricultural production should increase by approximately 70%.
Promoting productivity and investing in agriculture are two essential factors to ensure food for a growing population, where one of every seven persons suffers hunger.