Making infrastructure smart
People, connectivity, sustainability and digitalisation
COVID has been a cruel teacher, yet we must heed its lessons. And if we think that COVID has been bad, climate change will be worse. That’s why we must up our game on systems-thinking in every sector, including the built environment.
Accelerating sustainable development
3 areas where blockchain could be an SDG game changer
Building resilient and transparent supply chains is one area where blockchain could be an SDG game changer. Pilots include the deployment of blockchain technology by AB InBev to facilitate transparency in pricing around locally sourced crops for which farmers had been historically underpaid.
Saving our forests
Solutions emerging from UpLink Trillion Trees Challenge
The Uplink Trillion Trees Challenge has sourced over 250 entrepreneurial solutions to save our forests. These include solutions to scale and accelerate forest conservation and restoration, green our cities, unlock Industry 4.0 technology for trees, and stimulate the forest economy.
Fresh water shortage
Keeping a vital lifeline flowing worldwide
Within 10 years there will be a 40% shortage of fresh water. New filtration processes, higher efficiency pumps and wastewater treatment units are among the many innovations that are needed to take on the challenge of ensuring a safe, stable supply of fresh water.
Renewable energy generation
Flexibility and storage are what matters most
As COVID-19 hit the world, energy demand declined, and electricity generation was more than ever dominated by renewable energy sources. More flexibility in demand and different types of storage are what matters most as the share of renewable energy generation grows.
Making wastewater clean
Artificial Intelligence helps detect toxic substances
European scientists are using photonics to develop a laser system to detect and trace toxic substances in wastewater. Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, this system will be able to continuously monitor water in a live setting with no need for sampling or preparation.