Technology vs. SDGs

Have you thought of tech start-ups as a way to reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In both answers, this is worth to go through. Current development in ICT presents evidence that overlaps with the goals of sustainable development 2030 as below:

  • Food and Agriculture (related to SDGs #1, #2, #3, #12, #13, and #15);
  • Energy and climate (related to SDGs #13, #12, #7);
  • Smart, sustainable communities (related to SDGs #11, #9, #12, #13, #7, #6);
  • Public health (related to SDGs #11, #9, #12, #13, #7, #6)

Digital technology provides the world for decoupling growth in carbon emissions from economic growth for the first time in history. “Technology is the game changer in sustainable development. Connectivity is essential to meet the SDGs”- says Luis Neves, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom. He challenged global leaders to invest in technology solutions the same way the world has invested and continues to support the fossil fuel industry.

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) is key to progress for further sustainable economic models. Finding opportunities to collaborate and apply technology in disruptive and innovative ways lead up advance sustainability.

Simultaneously applying digital technologies towards increasingly purpose-driven efforts to address the world’s toughest challenges related to energy, food, health, education, infrastructure, transportation.

According to GESI research, digital solutions will have an immense and significant positive impact on each of the three correlated dimensions of development covered by the SDGs: improving people’s quality of life, boosting equitable growth and protecting the environment. Examples include the projection by 2030:

  • An estimated 720,000 human lives could be protected from road traffic accidents through linked cars.
  • 1.6 billion people could be linked to e-health services in 2030, completely improving access to health and stepping closer to universal health insurance.
  • Delivering on broadband expansion could protect 12% of GDP in developing countries
  • Digital solutions could provide sustainable industrialization in the least developed countries and developing regions by holding 330 trillion liters of water and the equivalent of 25 billion barrels of oil per year, a reduction of 70 percent from today`s levels.

Solution #1: Pillaring food production and circulation

Energy, water, fertilizer, and chemicals are all substantially decreased – in some cases by well over 50% – while production yields skyrocket. The business case for IoT “agtech” solutions lives up. The challenge is to create awareness for decent potential. Partnerships worldwide should tighten up for these essentials.

Solution #2: Boosting energy and climate solutions

IoT industry is risk-averse and does not favor change quickly. IoT and digital solutions create opportunities to improve rather than out place the industry’s business model, potentially enormous cost savings. Technologies can also optimize energy use to minimize the need to resort to more carbon intensive fossil fuel-based peak generation capacity.

Solution #3: Smart, sustainable communities

Technology solutions exist to develop both generate and digital infrastructures that build cities more sustainable. Each focused its presentation on the obstacles to surmount – even when business cases exist – in applying digital solutions at scale for cities. At the same time, public-private partnerships are inevitable component making the process run smoothly.

Solution #4: Evolving public health

Digital solutions fasten access to different disease diagnostics and analyze them for patient risks at scale.The range of examples of digital solutions for health includes water quality and early diagnose of workers at the factories.

Summary

Using models, cases, and the visionary partnerships can apply the SDGs breaking technologies. The challenge is to reach SDGs by 2030. So far 13 years left…The world has a great potential and it needs to demonstrate a transformational capacity for the good and accelerates partnerships. Another thing 2017 is the year where the world reached overusing its natural resources and already we are at the time of utilizing the future generation`s storage capacity. Relying on the speed of technology and collaboration could still light up all the way. In this sense, startups are essential drivers of a global ecosystem seeking to build solutions that are effective, scalable, and economically sustainable.

Author: Gunay Mukhtarova

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Striving for international cooperation in sustainability research

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