The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, provide a powerful framework for international efforts to achieve both human development and climate objectives. These SDGs underpin the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that officially came into force in January 2016 and define a path to end poverty, ensure prosperity and protect the planet and its inhabitants. By grouping these priorities into seventeen goals and by establishing measurable and timebound objectives, the SDG foster global awareness, political accountability, improved metrics, social feedback, and public pressures. SDG7 is a dedicated, stand-along goal on energy which aims at ”ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all”. In this sense, renewable technologies such as Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) can immediately contribute to this SDG. However, under the right framework conditions, CSP can also contribute to the achievement of other SDGs. For example, CSP may also support human development by facilitating access to basic services, improving human health and supporting income generation activities. Additionally, CSP may also contribute to sustainable economic growth by generating economic benefits such job creation and industrial development. To demonstrate such linkages, the purpose of this work is (i) based on literature review, present a preliminary list of the potential contributions that CSP deployment could have in the various SDGs, (ii) propose the Framework for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (FISA) as a possible methodological framework to assess various of such impacts as well as results of a case study application and, finally, (iii) suggest other complementary impact assessment frameworks that could be used to evaluate the rest of CSP potential impacts on the various SDGs. To conclude, for each one of the SDGs, this work also presents some preliminary recommendations aimed at fostering the positive contributions of CSP deployment while minimizing the potential negative impacts on the SDGs.

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