Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialisation
Soil in construction
Academics at Lancaster University have been working on a plan to put a healthy respect for soil at the centre of planning and construction. Soils are non-renewable and offer a host of important eco system services, such as locking up carbon and helping to prevent flooding. The task force is launching a new report which highlights existing problems and lays out a roadmap to minimise soil damage and ensure future building work supports the needs of people and the natural environment.
Our Future Cities Research Institute is a joint partnership between Lancaster University and Sunway University in Malaysia. One area of research they focus on is resilient cities and how to make cities as well as communities and citizens more resilient, agile and adaptable to climate change and other global challenges, such as future pandemics.
The new Cyber Security degree is designed for the cyber security systems engineers and architects of the future. The course has a module called Sustainable Computing, focusing on key concepts associated with creating sustainable computing and how computers shape a greener economy and society.
From 2023 onwards, the University has committed to significantly less construction of new buildings, and more focus on repurposing existing buildings and upgrading them to be more energy efficient and better suited for purpose.
A new £4.4 million programme - Greater Innovation for Smarter Material Optimisation (GISMO) will engage with 250 SMEs in the Cheshire and Warrington areas. Successful businesses will gain access to research and development expertise and specialist technology to solve industry-driven challenges through innovations in ‘smart’ materials.