How Innovation will help to reach Sustainable Development Goals? : A Major Contribution of IT Industry

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into action from the year 2015, naming it “The Decade of Action”. There were 17 goals adding it to the core of the Agenda 2030: SDGs but here we are going to focus on Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. UN Agenda 2030 addresses all Industrial sectors globally, its role and responsibilities towards a secured future can be only accomplished by working together towards a common goal.

promotes rapid economic and industrial growth, builds trade capacities in industries, and ensures that all countries can benefit from international trade and technological progress, also through the application of modern industrial policies and compliance with global standards and norms…” – stated by UNIDO

Leading MNCs have agreed to work together to fight the battle against climate changes, poverty, unemployment, and various social issues. Thereby, indulging with partners or companies who have influential programs to promote sustainability and help to achieve organizations’ goals, manage, and various solutions for a better future.

Aligning with SDGs would not only be a positive impact on your organization but would attract investors and stakeholders to commit more to your company by ensuring transparency.

Before diving into the core of the subject, it’s important to understand the meaning of sustainable development.

What is Sustainable Development?

The alternative way to fulfill our needs by minimal or no use of natural resources gifted to us by nature. The key principle is to maintain a stable ecosystem that continues provide to natural resources and ecosystem services not only for the present but also for future generations by shifting our needs from natural resources to renewable resources (energy).

When green meets business

Companies are to follow a fast-track to reach the time-frame in order to achieve their go green target. Competing with fossil fuels are wind energy, solar energy, and hydro-power serving companies well-enough to run on an economic scale.

This has resulted in a positive impact and highlighted great recognition at the corporate level. Thus, companies are highly committed to green and sustainable energy consumption by protecting the environment for a sustainable future.

Top IT companies using sustainable development strategies


Intel, known for manufacturing computer processors and one largest of the bench-markers of technology decides to involve in sustainable development. Intel targets to reach its goal by the 2030 time-frame by aiming to reach 100 percent on renewable energy use.

Currently, Intel’s program on Renewable Energy Technology includes Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hydro-power, Geothermal Energy, Biomass Energy, and Landfill Gas. In association with renewable storage energy, renewable energy and the power grid, and renewable energy solutions by Intel.

Software: Intelligent Decisions with Intel Internet of Things (IoT)


Microsoft is now the greenest technology company in the world by hitting at 1.3 billion consumption of renewable energy on an annual basis. Meeting its requirement of electric energy through green energy. By using wind and solar power on a sustainable scale.

Renewable energy is supplied to data centres, product manufacturing units, and covering the software development facilities.

Software: Azure Solutions


Google is geared up with sustainable methods by being carbon neutral for over a decade. Hitting the spotlight with AI-powered improving efficiency system for data centres. Being a 100% consumption of electricity through renewable energy. Google aims to decarbonize their electricity supply and operate 24/7 on carbon-free energy by 2030.

Software: Google Cloud

Source: sustainability google


Apple might not be the largest consumer of renewable energy but sure does plays a crucial role in sustainability. Like Intel and Microsoft, Apple uses its renewable energy on electric operations, manufacturing products, and developmental software facilities by securing its place in the 100% renewable energy club. Recently, Apple has invested in the world’s largest onshore wind turbines in Europe.

Here, we have mentioned the major companies that have secured their place in consuming 100% renewable energy powered by their projects. It’s important to know how IoT is helping them to reach such reports and ensuring clean energy use by means of software.

How do IT services help to create sustainability?

IT services play a major role in accelerating the movement of IT-for-sustainability (ITfs) involves monitoring on an enterprise-ecosystem level.

  1. Making IT operations sustainable.
  2. Partnering with other companies to support IT in making businesses grow in a sustainable manner.
  3. Adopt a culture of sustainability within IT organizations.

Some of the companies, we recommend offer sustainable software:

This blog is to inspire all upcoming IT companies and existing IT companies to work towards a more sustainable developed world and make the earth a “Smart Green Planet’“.