Ensuring sustainable industrialisation, infrastructure and innovation

Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation

Ensuring sustainable industrialisation, infrastructure and innovation

Our world faces multiple challenges – including climate change, depletion of natural resources, urbanisation, growing population and increased consumption.

The circumstances in which we live our daily lives and do business are continually evolving, yet the basic models for providing economic and social prosperity remain the same: adding value to raw materials in production processes, trading goods to boost global wealth and providing services in response to demand.

To ensure economic and social prosperity while protecting the environment, we need to fundamentally adapt the ways in which we manufacture goods, move people and goods, deliver services, and design and use infrastructure. Industrial practices must also be clean, efficient and resilient to climate change-induced shocks, while new technologies – enabled by products from the mining and minerals sector – are also essential in meeting the aims of the United Nations’ Social Development Goal 9 (SDG9): to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.


Transport systems can become more inclusive and sustainable thanks to technology – bolstered by products from the mining and minerals sector.

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Technologies and processes can help us transform the ‘take, make, dispose’ model into that of a more sustainable circular economy.

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Innovation is a crucial driver of socioeconomic growth and development, and a prerequisite for ensuring sustainable and inclusive development.

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“Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.”

United Nations

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