The United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Agenda 2030 in September 2015 following the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that were in place from 2000 to 2015. The Agenda 2030 comprises 17 SDGs that unfold in 169 targets and 330 indicators aiming at a positive impact on people and the planet, building partnerships for their implementation, and leaving no one behind (Sachs, 2012; Sachs et al., 2019, 2020).
The Paris Agreement, also launched in 2015, aims at strengthening the global response towards climate change through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) that were agreed upon by 197 participant countries (United Nations). Each of these countries has committed to take actions to mitigate global warming to well below 2oC and as closest as possible to 1.5oC (UNFCC, 2015; Leemans and Vellinga, 2017). Both SDGs and NDCs share the view of a climate-safe environment for those in the present era as well as for future generations (Zhenmin and Espinosa, 2019).
The first five years of the Agenda 2030 showed that many countries are far back in their efforts towards the goals, meaning that the ten years up to 2030 will require an extra strength to achieve the expected levels. As a way forward in planning and implementing endeavours to attain such results, a group of experts and thinkers come together to share their views about the challenges involved to accomplish the SDGs and NDCs targets, mainly focusing on energy transition and climate-change mitigation (Reyers et al., 2017; Castor, Bacha and Fuso Nerini, 2020; Menton et al., 2020; Nhamo, Odularu and Mjimba, 2020).
The questions that will be addressed by this panel include:
- What do the SDGs really mean?
- Are they achievable? What will this require? Who is responsible?
- What is the role of government, academia, industry, media, NGOs and the broader society in this effort?
- What are the barriers for the SDGs implementation? How to overcome them?
This group will come together to share their views on pressing and emerging issues and how to address them. The aim of the webinar is to develop an insightful discussion by exchanging ideas and experiences that can help building a pathway towards a more sustainable world.
UNIVERSITIES & SDGs VIEWS FROM BRAZIL AND UK: challenges in energy transition and climate change
- Modelling of energy transitions and climate mitigation considering the SDGs
Dr. Adam Hawkes (Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) – Imperial College London, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Reader in Energy Systems)
- Higher Education Institutions and SDGs
Dr. Flavio Hourneaux Jr (Lecturer of Business Administration Department School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting – University of São Paulo)
- Development and diffusion of technology innovation for SDGs: overcoming challenges and exploiting opportunities
Dr. Stelvia Matos (Reader in Social Innovation & Sustainability Management / Head of the Centre for Social Innovation Management/ Co-editor-in-chief Technovation / Surrey Business School, University of Surrey)
- Leadership towards the SDGs
Karen L. Mascarenhas (Director of HR & Leadership of RCGI/Researcher of the Institute of Psychology of the University of São Paulo and visiting researcher at Imperial College London)
- Investigating the Measurement of SDG Impact for Infrastructure Projects in the Construction Sector
Prof. Simon Philbin (Director of the Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering and Enterprise at London South Bank University)
- Urbansystems: how cities can endure climate change impacts?
Prof. Marcos Buckeridge (Director of the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo / Director of the USP Global Cities Programme)
- Launching of the report “Paths to Sustainable Development” by the RCGI team.
Date: 2nd December 2020 from 10 -12 (Brazil) – 13-15 (UK).
Media: Live session on RCGI’s YouTube channel that will be recorded and shared on the platform.