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

As mentioned in our Founder's Video, 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 long time - even in the face of massive extinction-level events.

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

That's why we look for sustainable technology examples that are aligned with the UN SDGs. The SDGs are a set of global goals that are inextricably woven together and interdependent. Each of which focuses the attention on a lofty goal aligned 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.

Recent Articles on Sustainable Technology

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Sep. 16, 2021

Free help for sustainability companies

This site is dedicated to showcasing technologies doing good in the world, as such, I am very happy to provide two free services to help support companies achieve this.
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Aug. 10, 2021

Positive Social Impact With 5G

Technology With Purpose Leader Interviews: Driving Social Impact Through Telecoms, 5G Sustainable assets, ESG funds, under management over the last two years have grown by around 96%. I think Europe is
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Jul. 22, 2021

ESG Data Solutions on the Rise

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, Sustainability and ESG Data Becomes Essential Back in July 2019 I wrote about how a change in how companies are measured
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Jul. 21, 2021

Flood Warning Technologies, Open Data & News

Looking at Technological innovation for climate change mitigation, in particular flood warning technologies, and other news
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Jul. 06, 2021

Already making a positive impact

Now, that’s a lot of SDGs! 👆Well, this is why… Last week I launched the new “Choose Your Impact” feature on the website. This exciting new feature allows anyone to
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Jul. 05, 2021

Sustainability and Product Feature Reduction

In today’s update I take a look at how a toothbrush got me thinking about the Great Bean War of ’94 and how sustainability might lead to competition through product
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Jun. 21, 2021

Sustainability, Greenwashing and other News

Looking at how big companies with a troubled past need to address sustainability without greenwashing. Plus other TechWithPurpose news
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Jun. 15, 2021

Ready for Flying Taxis? Security, Privacy, Jobs?

“Are flying taxis set to lift off?” and other sustainability news highlights

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