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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Feb. 27, 2023Related to SDGs: 7,9,13

Raising Awareness of Digital Carbon Emissions

How to visualise the carbon emissions of video calls. Find out about my Video Carbon Gauge.

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Dec. 20, 2022Related to SDGs: 3,13,15,16,17

COP15, Digital Sequence Information and Technology

One of the things that stood out from COP15 in Montreal was DSI. What is Digital Sequence Information (DSI) and how can technology help?

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Dec. 05, 2022Related to SDGs: 13

Can Nature Find a Way?

How AI, drones and satellite are helping natural carbon removal systems become more investible.

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Dec. 02, 2022Related to SDGs: 13

How to implement carbon awareness across your business, carbon budgets

How to implement carbon awareness across your business, cascade carbon budgets through companies and organisations

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Oct. 17, 2022Related to SDGs: 1,3,13,14,17

Blue Earth Summit 2022

Blue Earth Summit 2022: The moments that caught my attention

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Oct. 15, 2022Related to SDGs: 12

Sustainability in Packaging

How a circular approach is turning poultry waste into game-changing packaging solutions.

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Oct. 13, 2022Related to SDGs: 13

Can Insurance Change our Climate?

How Can Insurance Impact the Climate?and what does it have to do with a ship?When you think of the global challenges we are facing and the myriad of inspiring technologies

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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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