Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Technological Innovation for Sustainability

  • Lucas Marques MatosEmail author
  • Rosley Anholon
  • Walter Leal Filho
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_78

Introduction and Definitions

In this paper, we aim to discuss the role and importance of technological innovation for sustainable development. To do that, we divide our discussion in two major parts: First, we highlight the role of technological innovation as an engine for social prosperity and how it can alleviate and solve social and economic problems; second, we explore a range of possibilities regarding possible contributions that technological innovation can offer in solving or mitigating some of the major environmental sustainability problems of the present. The sustainable development concept was initially formulated and gained global attention since the Brundtland Commission (UNWCED 1987). Its first definitions comprised the following core sentences:

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Meeting essential needs requires not only a new era of economic growth for nations in which the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucas Marques Matos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rosley Anholon
    • 1
  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Materials and Manufacturing EngineeringState University of CampinasCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Faculty of Life Sciences, World Sustainable Developoment Research and Transfer CentreHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Nelson Amaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Sustainable DevelopmentGalileo UniversityGuatemala CityGuatemala