Innovation for Sustainability

Sustainable Development Goals: "Transforming our World" with Innovation

On September 25th, 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was adopted the resolution named "Transforming our world: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" 1 including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice,....

Innovation in Sustainability

Countries, cities and communities are exploring new ways to protect themselves from impacts of climate change in both the short and long term. There are several trends emerging in the world unseen even decades before.

One of the trends is to generate social and environmental value by catering to...

Sustainable Development and its Origin

Sustainable development has been defined in various ways, but the common widely used definition is based on "Our Common Future" Report published during the Brundtland commission in 1987 and what it states basically is that:- "Sustainable development is the developmentthat meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.....

How Innovation Can Enable Local Governments Reach the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 11, 14 and 15

It Meeting sustainable development targets requires action on several dimensions, including harnessing and maximizing the potential of technological innovation.....

Innovative Solutions for Cities Sustainable Development

In resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided on the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a "New Urban Agenda", building....

Jump-starting the SDGs in the UAE: Lessons from Early Adopters

At the UN Summit this past September, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold new roadmap to tackle climate change and extreme poverty by 2030. The global community now faces the real work....

Smart Buildings: When Sustainability Meets Information Technology

It is believed that people spend 80 to 90 percent of their life in buildings. As a result, buildings can have a major impact on people’s health, wellbeing, happiness, and productivity. For instance, a healthy work environment has shown....

Combatting Climate Change through Innovation: Urban Cooling

By 2100, mean global temperatures are predicted to increase by 2-4°C as a result of human-caused global warming. Normally, discussions about climate change adaptation focus on how best to mitigate the secondary effects of these warmer temperatures—melting ice caps,....

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all

The first thing that springs to mind while talking about "affordable, reliable and modern energy for all" in an urban environment clearly is Solar Energy. Solar heaters and PV solar power systems already cover the roofs of millions of houses and homes around the world and achieve today a cost versus performance ratio that makes PV Solar a....

ICBA develops new net house design to save water and energy

Protected agriculture receives special attention from decision-makers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries because it produces high quality crops in marginal climatic conditions. However, this type of agriculture consumes large amounts of water and energy due to the cooling system which is based on evaporative pads.....
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