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Mapping industry 4.0 enabling technologies into United Nations sustainability development goals

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posted on 01.03.2021, 11:40 by Mabkhot M. MabkhotMabkhot M. Mabkhot, Pedro FerreiraPedro Ferreira, Antonio Maffei, Primož Podržaj, Maksymilian Mądziel, Dario Antonelli, Michele Lanzetta, Jose Barata, Eleonora Boffa, Miha Finžgar, Łukasz Paśko, Paolo Minetola, Riccardo Chelli, Sanaz Nikghadam-Hojjati, Xi Vincent Wang, Paolo C Priarone, Paweł Litwin, Dorota Stadnicka, Niels LohseNiels Lohse
The emerging of the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0 (I4.0), from the advancement in several technologies is viewed not only to promote economic growth, but also to enable a greener future. The 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for sustainable development sets out clear goals for the industry to foster the economy, while preserving social well-being and ecological validity. However, the influence of I4.0 technologies on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has not been conclusively or systematically investigated. By understanding the link between the I4.0 technologies and the SDGs, researchers can better support policymakers to consider the technological advancement in updating and harmonizing policies and strategies in different sectors (i.e., education, industry, and governmental) with the SDGs. To address this gap, academic experts in this paper have investigated the influence of I4.0 technologies on the sustainability targets identified by the UN. Key I4.0 element technologies have been classified to enable a quantitative mapping with the 17 SDGs. The results indicate that the majority of the I4.0 technologies can contribute positively to achieving the UN agenda. It was also found that the effects of the technologies on individual goals varies between direct and strong, and indirect and weak influences. The main insights and lessons learned from the mapping are provided to support future policy.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

13

Issue

5

Publisher

MDPI AG

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

22/02/2021

Publication date

2021-02-27

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2071-1050

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Niels Lohse. Deposit date: 27 February 2021

Article number

2560