All of the challenges have important aspects of climate change, and are chosen because of their urgency with which we need to solve them.
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Addressing the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, justice and more.
Read more at globalgoals.org.
The challenge is to create a solution that has the potential to transform business models and consumption behaviors towards sustainability and carbon-neutrality, using data provided by our partners or any other data that is publicly available.
Digital innovations offer unprecedented opportunities as key enablers for the economy’s green transition, while the greening of digital technologies has become a critical success factor for digital transformation. The environmental footprint of the digital sector is already significant. Data centers are estimated to consume 3% of global electricity supply. The digital sector accounts for about 2% of total GHG emissions, and its emissions are expected to rise to 4-6% by 2030 if not properly addressed.
The challenge is to use data provided by our partners or any other data publicly available, to create a solution designed to support sustainable natural resources management, protect the environment as well as the health and economic livelihood of people – particularly in developing countries.
The world’s natural capital – water, land, forests, soil, wildlife, and fisheries – safeguards and underpins the health and well-being of billions of people. In low-income countries in particular, populations rely on these resources for half of all wealth, including long-term economic growth, livelihood opportunities, and the ecosystem services that support human well-being. The changing climate increases the importance of sustainable natural resource management, which often bolsters resilience. At the same time, natural resources experience both additional stress from the extreme weather conditions associated with climate change and need to decrease emissions in order to achieve lasting and feasible net-zero and climate-resilient pathways.
The challenge is to use data provided by partners or any other data publicly available, in order to generate a data-driven solution that will reduce the carbon footprint of the energy sector.
About three-quarters of global GHG emissions come from energy use. Within the energy sector, the largest emitting subsector is electricity and heat generation, which accounts for more than a third of global GHG emissions. In 2020, electricity and heat production produced about 13 billion metric tons of CO2 (GtCO2) globally. Energy use in transport sector, burning fossil fuels to power transport activities, energy use in industrial process such as manufacturing, as well as energy use in both commercial and residential buildings are the other major subsectors for energy consumption and associated GHG (World Bank).
The challenge is to use data provided by our partners or any other data publicly available, to generate a data-driven solution that will reduce the emissions generated by the transport sector.
Transportation consumes more than 30 percent of the world’s energy and contributes for almost 72% of fossil fuel demand worldwide. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), transportation powered by fossil fuels is the world’s second-largest source of CO2 emissions. It was also predicted that worldwide energy consumption will increase by 53 percent from 2006 to 2030, with transportation accounting for almost three-quarters of the estimated rise in oil demand. Between 1990 and 2018, GHG emissions in the transport sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector (that is, electricity generation, industry, agriculture, residential, commercial), largely due to increased demand for travel. In many developed economies the transport sector is outstripping electricity generation and buildings as the main source for emissions (World Bank).
The challenge is to create a data-driven solution to support biodiversity preservation and/or mitigate the effects of climate change in the course of preserving biodiversity, using data provided by our partners or any other data publicly available.
The threat posed by climate change to biodiversity is expected to increase, yet thriving ecosystems also have the capacity to help reduce the impacts of climate change. If current rates of warming continue, by 2030 global temperatures could increase by more than 1.5°C (2.7°F) compared to before the industrial revolution. A major impact of climate change is the increase in the intensity and frequency of fires, storms or periods of drought. This adds to the threat to biodiversity which has already been placed under stress by other human activities. It is thought that the number of threatened species may have increased by 14% as a result of the fires. Rising global temperatures also have the potential to alter ecosystems over longer periods by changing what can grow and live within them. There is already evidence to suggest that reductions in water vapor in the atmosphere since the 1990s has resulted in 59% of vegetated areas showing pronounced browning and reduced growth rates worldwide (The Royal Society).
The challenge is to use data provided by partners or any other data publicly available, in order to generate a data-driven solution that will better manage agricultural and forestry resources, decrease the carbon footprint of agriculture, reduce food waste, and/or improve the agriculture value chains.
Agriculture in the form of crop and livestock production produces non–carbon dioxide GHG emissions, including methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Agri-food produces net CO2 emissions from agricultural soils, forestry, and other land use. While representing 3 percent of global GDP, agriculture contributes to 23% of net anthropogenic emissions of GHGs. Precision agriculture practice is gaining attention with its potential to meeting society’s nutritional needs, while at the same time reducing GHG emissions from agricultural activities and reducing terrestrial biodiversity loss (World Bank).
The challenge is to use data provided by our partners or any other data publicly available, in order to generate a data-driven solution that will reduce the carbon footprint of cities.
Cities account for 3 percent of the world’s built-up land, but they are home to more than half the world’s population. Due to the population density, cities consume more than two-thirds of the energy worldwide and account for approximately 70 percent of CO2 emissions. According to a United Nation's report, buildings, and construction account for 39 percent of global carbon emissions. If global population continues increasing by 2.5 billion until 2050 and developing countries increase their urban land cover to current global averages, the production of infrastructure materials alone is projected to generate approximately 470 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions.