In Session 1 of the Triple Helix Series, the report “Paths for Sustainable Development”, prepared by the RCGI team, was presented.

To view it, click on the link below.

You can also access the video that contains a summary of the Report.

Video - Summary of the report "Paths for Sustainable Development"

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Session1 of Triple Helix Series has already taken place and was made available on our Youtube channel.

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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 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 endeavour 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).

Some questions arise and aim to be discussed by this panel, for example:

What do the SDGs really mean?

Are they achievable?

What is each one’s role in this effort? Government, academia, industry, media, NGOs, broad society?

What will this require? Who is responsible?

What are the barriers? How should they be overcome?

This group comes together to share their views on the hot topics and how to address them, that will be discussed through the exchange of ideas willing to build 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/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

2nd December 2020 from 10 -12 (Brazil) – 13-15 (UK).

Live session on RCGI’s YouTube channel that will be recorded and shared on the platform.

Coordination and Organization: Karen L. Mascarenhas


Government & SDGs views from Brazil and UK: challenges in energy transition and climate change

(Keynote speakers to be defined)

Date to be determined for the 1st quadrimester 2021


Companies & SDGs views from Brazil and UK: challenges in energy transition and climate change

(Keynote speakers to be defined)

Date to be determined for the 2nd quadrimester 2021


Triple Helix & SDGs views from Brazil and UK: challenges in energy transition and climate change

(Keynote speakers to be determined)

Date to be determined for the 3rd quadrimester 2021