Energy

A Nexus Approach: Enabling Self-Sustained Communities in Food, Water and Energy

Background There have been significant attempts for sustainable transformation of food systems (e.g. hydroponics), water systems (e.g. recycling) and energy systems (e.g. renewables). In these sectoral approaches, the interlinkages between the three systems are often overlooked. The interlinkages provide opportunities, and challenges, for simultaneous progress on various SDGs and for delivering cross-sectoral transformative impacts. Our lab will identify socio-technical innovations that maximise synergies and minimise trade-offs across the three systems for their sustainable transformation. The scope of analysis will be our university campus: what circular systems need to be established on the campus, and what fundamental changes in practices need to occur, in order to close the loops across the...

Rural Systems Visioneering

Background We try to help rural off-grid villages to overcome their fundamental concerns: lack of resources (e.g., electrical power, storage for food), lack of infrastructure (for management and monitoring), lack of quality education and training, and lack of motivation, vision and its engineering (i.e., visioneering). These are related to the 14 SDGs such as #1 (No poverty), #2 (Zero hunger), #3 ( Good health and well-being, #4 (Quality education), #6 (Clean water and sanitation), #7 (Affordable and clean energy), #8 (Decent work and economic growth), #9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), #10 (Reduced inequalities), #11 (Sustainable cities and communities), #12 (Responsible consumption and production), #13 (Climate action), #15 (Life on land),...

Implementing the South African National Development Plan’s sustainability transition through the domestication of the SDGs

BACKGROUND The South Africa Future Earth SDG Lab will focus on SDGs12 and 15, a concept co-designed by researchers and policy makers to create a common understanding of the sustainability transition implied by the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 vision of a “transition to an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society” AND to enhance South Africa’s implementation of this sustainability transition and its contribution to the global transition required by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the domestication of the SDGs and associated domestic indicators.   AIM Through interactive multi-stakeholder engagements, we will practically (1) clarify understanding on the domestication of the SDGs; (2) promote the...