HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

Research Showcase Klemun, M. M., Ojanperä, S., & Schweikert, A. (2023). Toward Evaluating the Effect of Technology Choices on Linkages between Sustainable Development Goals. a better understanding of SDG co-benefits may enable faster progress on multiple sustainability fronts. However, SDG linkages are typically analyzed without considering the technologies used to implement a primary SDG, which may have secondary effects on other SDGs. Here, we outline an approach to study this problem by connecting the industries and services required to produce technology to the United Nations SDG indicator framework, inkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have sparked research interest because L using SDG7 and four energy technologies as an illustrative case. We find that all technologies in our set involve potential co-benefits with SDGs 1, 8–10, 12–13, and 17, and trade-offs with SDGs 6, 8–9, 11–12, and 14–15. Deployment services primarily induce co-benefits; manufacturing has mixed impacts. Our work sheds light on the technology characteristics (e.g., scale, high- or low-tech) that influence linkages while also pointing to SDGrelevant characteristics not captured by UN indicators. iScience, 26(2), 105727. 26