What is Sustainable Technology?

Sustainable technology is a broad term that describes technologies that have a positive social, economic or environmental impact. Sustainable technologies are innovations that aim to reduce or recover from the devastating impact humanity has had on the planet, and everything (including humans) that depend on it.

On this website we discover sustainable technology examples that are making an impact today, for a sustainable future. We frame these within the context of the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals.

Looking at sustainable innovation through this framework enables us to find examples that fit into these high-level categories:

  • People: What impact is technology having on humanity's health, well-being and prosperity?
  • Biodiversity: How is technology helping protect the flora and fauna that makes this planet not just inhabitable, but wonderful? How is technology helping recover from the destruction we've created?
  • Climate and environment: Covering examples of sustainable technologies that are helping reduce our impact on the environment, recover from the damage we've done and create a brighter, more sustainable future for us all.

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Save The Planet Humanity

We believe the question on all our minds shouldn't be about how to save the planet, not even how to save the animals. Ultimately, the planet and life will survive. It has done for a very, very long time.

The trouble is, humans are rather frail in the grand scheme of things, and as such it is the survival of humanity that we should be thinking about.

Of course, we're not going to save the human race if we don't save this amazing life-giving bubble we live in, that is the planet and the biodiversity it supports.

Sustainable Technology Examples and the SDGs

We look for sustainable technology examples that are aligned with the UN SDGs. Each of the lofty, ambitious global goals aligns with people, biodiversity, economic growth and the planet.

Related: What to know more about the SDGs? Check out this article - What are the UN SDGs.

If you're wondering, there is a clear economic benefit to sustainable technologies, which is one of the big reasons why we are witnessing enormous growth in investment in this area under the guise of "ESG investment". Perhaps this number puts things into context:

How important is sustainable technology to the economy?
Market Valuation of Sustainability Technologies addressing the UN SDGs:
$0 Trillion

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Technologies and the UN SDGS

Sustainable technology examples

This website is dedicated to discovering technologies having a positive social impact, helping us address the climate tech and ultimately save humanity through helping our planet and biodiversity recover from the damage we've caused.

You can discover the latest examples of sustainable technology in action across this website through the recent articles below, or by browsing by specific SDG here.

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Examples of Sustainable Technology

The following articles and interviews look at the positive impacts technology is having on sustainability. Each article is also tagged with the UN SDGs it relates to.

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Sep. 14, 2022Related to SDGs: 7,8

9 European Renewable Energy Companies Who Are Hiring Now

Following the recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that for the first time, there are more renewable energy jobs, globally, than fossil fuel, I thought I would look

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Sep. 13, 2022Related to SDGs: 9

5 technology startups that are helping address SDG 9

The world is changing rapidly and technology is playing a big role in that change. Every day, it seems, there is a new technology startup that is coming up with

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Sep. 01, 2022Related to SDGs: 9

Steps towards Sustainable Space Tech

This startup is one of several small, but significant steps to harnessing the power of space and Earth orbit sustainably.

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Aug. 26, 2022Related to SDGs: 9,13,15

€10.5 million to help prevent wildfire destruction

Dryad secure €10.5 million to help prevent wildfire destruction.

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Aug. 11, 2022Related to SDGs: 7,9,11

The challenges of EV ownership

I’ve recently subscribed to an electric car. These are my observations as I enter the world of EV usage. TL;DR; there’s a lot that needs to improve before mass market adoption.

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Aug. 11, 2022Related to SDGs: 6,8,13

Are we at a Point of Collective Climate Leverage?

If the pandemic brought humanity together in a collective consciousness that contributed to the Great Resignation, are this year’s global climate events enough to create another point of human collective leverage?

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Aug. 09, 2022Related to SDGs: 17

Helping Businesses Create Positive Impact

A new tool to help businesses integrate automated positive impacts into their daily operations.

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Jul. 18, 2022Related to SDGs: 7,9,11

Digital Carbon Footprint, Underground Data Centers

A conversation with Bluebird Underground Data Center about data centre decarbonisation and reducing digital carbon footprints.

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