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

World Economic Forum & Accenture: "Unlocking Digital Value to Society: A new framework for growth"
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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.

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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Nov. 24, 2021Related to SDGs: 3

How To Create Culture In Hybrid Working

Just a moment, how can companies create culture in hybrid workplaces, and how to foster better mental wellbeing?

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Nov. 20, 2021Related to SDGs: 4,6,7,13,17

How To Measure Sustainability

How did I go about integrating positive impact in my business, how do I measure sustainability and share my progress?

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Nov. 17, 2021Related to SDGs: 3

Glasgow’s Outstanding Air Quality

Report identifies air quality in Glasgow and London to be significantly better than European counter parts.

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Nov. 04, 2021Related to SDGs: 3,7,9,11,13

The Future of Electric Vehicle Car Rental, COP26

Just a moment, what is the future of EV car rental? Where to rent an EV at COP26.

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Nov. 02, 2021Related to SDGs: 7,8,9,11,12,13

Building a Sustainable Business

In this interview I speak with Tom Greenwood, MD of Wholegrain Digital, about his journey towards building a sustainable business and BCorp certification.

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Oct. 20, 2021Related to SDGs: 15

Labelling legal logging

Just a moment, how do I know if this logging is legal or not? How can we use technology to help find illegal activities amongst the legal logging?

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Oct. 18, 2021Related to SDGs: 7,9,11

Democratising Energy with Microgrids

Microgids hold great promise for both rural & urban communities, and are part of the new energy mix, but are microgrids the future of energy?

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Sep. 29, 2021Related to SDGs: 9

What is SDG 9? Why is SDG 9 Important?

How have we done reaching the goals of SDG 9.C, why is it important and what can we expect next? Find out more about this and other points in my recent talk.

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