Invited talk presented at ICER 2016, Lübeck
The international community represented by the United Nations has defined 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world. Development goals range from societal challenges such as poverty reduction, nutrition and health tocross-cutting and integrating targets like climate action. Sustainable provision of clean water and sanitation on the one hand and the production of affordable clean energy can be considered pivotal actions. Water and energy are generic resources needed for the production of food and economic development.
Environmental engineers play a key role in achieving sustainable development goals: Innovative and new engineering designs in the water and energy sectors are needed to increase water use efficiency, reduce pollution and provide renewable and clean energy with minimal collateral impact on other resources.
In order to achieve these goals, it is suggested that environmental engineers align and focus their activities and interdisciplinary cooperation according to five key principles.
Working along these five lines, the community of environmental engineers can play a key role in reaching the sustainable development goals.