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Sustainable Futures

The resources on Earth are finite, but global population and levels of consumption keep growing. To prepare for the future, we must adapt the ways in which we design, make and use products, generate and use energy, and grow food. Research at NTU explores the challenges of creating a world in which resources are used wisely, climate change mitigated through low carbon strategies, circular economy strategies prevent waste, and pollution is minimised.

NTU is committed to contribute towards achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which collectively aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. As all of our work is aligned towards these goals, our research addresses economic and social aspects of sustainability alongside environmental objectives.

We are investigating efficient ways to manage natural water resources by implementing cost-effective and safe technologies, developing innovative systems to make agriculture sustainable, looking at how to make our cities greener through mobility, technologies and infrastructures, and analysing methods to reduce unnecessary consumption of energy and materials.

Our work focuses on:

  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Ecosystem Sustainability
  • The Built Environment and Sustainable Mobility
  • Behaviour, Values and Norms
  • Leadership, Governance, Participation and Policy