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Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal nine consists of three different parts that are also interlinked. Innovation is the driving force behind industrialisation, and infrastructure creates opportunities for development. Investment in infrastructure is crucial for achieving sustainable development and building robust communities in many countries.

Infrastructure ties society together

Infrastructure forms the basis of a well-functioning civilisation. It ties the society together, and it supports social and economic activity. One of its functions is allowing the transport of people, energy, information, raw materials, products and waste. A resilient and sustainable infrastructure of high benefit is increasingly important in line with increasing urbanisation.

The efforts of industry to achieve sustainable development is important for achieving a sustainable society. Research is being carried out in collaboration with industry to reduce energy consumption and, where possible, replace additives with more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Innovations to create a resilient society

As regards innovations, the University provides an incubator where innovative ideas are given support to flourish and lead to profitable enterprise. A project has been running for several years with the aim of focusing on more sustainable innovations to help create a resilient society through social inclusion and reduced climate impact.
One example of innovation where research could result in cheaper, more efficient and brighter computer and mobile phone screens is the use of so-called OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes). A research group is manipulating the tiniest components of matter in an innovative way to improve OLED technology. This involves controlling quantum mechanical spin and selectively modifying energy levels in molecules to enable OLED screens to emit light far more efficiently

More energy-efficient storage of data

An increasingly important aspect of infrastructure is information flow and the storage of data. Today approximately five per cent of the world’s energy is already being consumed by information technology, and, what is more, much of this energy is being wasted in the form of heat in storage facilities such as server farms. A European collaborative project is now developing a way of reducing energy. The idea is to store data using photons instead of electrons, which would require far less energy. The project could mean more energy-efficient and less material-consuming storage.

Other research is looking at more traditional infrastructure, such as that used in large-scale urban planning projects. The University is monitoring and supporting efforts being made by the Västlänken Project to address cultural environment issues, and it is checking to see whether the conditions applying to these are being fulfilled in accordance with the contract with the state. The intention is to promote greater understanding between engineers and cultural heritage professionals. Another project is looking at how new infrastructure and the new use of former industrial premises affect urban life. As part of an ongoing urban planning project in Gamlestaden, a district in the city of Gothenburg which is to be more densely developed and more closely linked to the centre, researchers are investigating issues such as the ways in which cultural values change.

This is goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.

Source: The UN's Official website for Sustainable Develpoment Goals

Page Manager: Erika Hoff|Last update: 4/12/2018
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