SDG and chemistry
In 2015, all the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which consists in a 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that form a roadmap for achieving a sustainable future for all.
Chemistry plays a crucial role in achieving these goals by providing solutions to many of the challenges we face today. From developing new medicines to addressing climate change, chemistry is at the forefront of creating a sustainable future for all. Here are some examples:
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Chemistry can help ensure food security by developing sustainable agriculture practices and creating innovative food technologies. This includes the development of new fertilizers and pesticides, as well as novel food preservation techniques to reduce food waste.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
Chemistry is essential for the development of new medicines and treatments, including vaccines and antibiotics. Some chemical products and reagents can also help improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Developing new sustainable energy sources, such as biofuels and solar cells or creating more efficient energy storage systems to enable the widespread use of renewable energy also comes along with material science and chemical research.
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Chemistry can help promote responsible consumption and production by developing sustainable materials and reducing waste with the development of biodegradable plastics, as well as recycling technologies that can recover valuable materials from this waste.
SDG 13: Climate Action
Chemistry can help mitigate climate change by developing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the development of new materials for energy-efficient buildings and vehicles, as well as carbon capture and storage technologies.