Digital solutions to help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

By Noah D'Mello Jun 20th 2016

Tackling global problems such as poverty, starvation, and climate change is important now more than ever. Here are key takeaways from a report by Accenture and Global e-Sustainability Initiative, which highlight how digital technologies will help achieve the 17 sustainable development goals by 2030.

  • Becoming sustainable the IT way

    Becoming sustainable the IT way

    Sustainable Development Goals, a UN initiative, is a list of 17 goals for the next 15 years to attain a sustainable future. IT is instrumental in achieving these goals. Accenture and GeSI’s report shows us how digital solutions are indispensible to all 17 SDGs.

  • Zero hunger

    Zero hunger

    Smart agriculture includes the deployment of optimized farm management; precision agriculture, such as use of IoT, soil sensors, and integrated real-time weather information; and traceability and tracking systems. This will increase agricultural productivity while reducing the need for scarce resources such as water.

  • Good health and well-being

    Good health and well-being

    With IT solutions in remote diagnostics videoconferencing, electronic data storage, augmented reality, wearables, biosensors, personalized medicine, and DNA sequencing, the goal of providing easily accessible, affordable, and better quality healthcare becomes realistic.

  • Quality education

    Quality education

    Solutions like videoconferencing, advanced data analytics, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), open community platforms, augmented reality, gamification, and voice recognition software can provide children with accessible and affordable high quality education.

  • Affordable and clean energy

    Affordable and clean energy

    Smart energy solutions include smart grid, smart appliances, energy storage, predictive analytics, sensors, and demand response technology. They can improve energy efficiency and provide access to more affordable energy.

  • Decent work and economic growth

    Decent work and economic growth

    Connectivity includes providing fixed or mobile access and Internet to everyone. Solutions like augmented reality, cloud-based platforms, telecommuting, and virtual business meetings can help achieve the goals of e-work. These will boost growth and help decouple it from resource consumption.

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Smart manufacturing includes industrial IoT, data analytics, cloud computing, and drones. In addition, smart logistics includes IoT connected vehicles, load units, products and machines; augmented reality; and digital warehouses. These solutions will boost efficient and innovative supply, production and delivery of goods.

  • Sustainable cities and communities

    Sustainable cities and communities

    Smart city mobility includes mobile ride sharing, driverless transportation, and connected infrastructure. Moreover, smart buildings includes alarm management, big data analytics, smart metering, and IoT sensors. They will reduce resource consumption, improve energy efficiency and reduce air pollution.

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