Sustainability has been defined as “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainability requires humans to learn to live within our means. Major factors, such as Energy resources, food supply, environmental quality and many others, must remain in balance.
Rational: Emerging economies in Asia, where China is the leader, face unique environmental challenges because of rapid industrialization, high population densities, geography and cultural values. The “Sustainable World” research center will host sustainability research in Guangdong Technion. The center will provide the government in Guangdong Province, the environmental protection authorities as well as the industries with robust, cost-effective, science-based approaches to protect human health and the environment from potentially dangerous contaminants in conjunction with sustainable energy and waste management, construction and land use.
Method: The center contributes to the transition to a sustainable society through scientific excellence in a multi-disciplinary environment. The research activity will contribute to improved knowledge related to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as set by the United Nations in 2015.
At the same time, the research activity of the center will be especially strong in knowledge development related to the following Research Areas within the specific goals of Sustainable Development listed hereafter: Good health and well-being; Quality education; Clean water and sanitation; Affordable and clean energy; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Sustainable cities and communities; Responsible consumption and production; Climate action; Life below water and Life on land.
The research areas listed above are not isolated: interdisciplinary research topics, cooperation of the researchers representing different research areas and synergy will be welcome.