Sustainable development is defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development). This definition is based on an economic vision which preserves the survival and well-being of the human beings, through balance between man and environment.
Innovation is a key element for the sustainable development of our societies. It underpins technology research and all the other elements involved in the innovation process, ranging from research deployment, adaptation to production process, exploitation of new markets and new organizational approaches.
Within this framework, the activities of the Sustainable Development and Innovation research area focuses on:
- The analysis of sustainability in the energy cycle;
- Environmental science and climate change;
- Sustainable urban development;
- Renewable energy sources and new energy technologies;
- Energy efficient systems (mobility and smart grids);
- Universal access to energy;
- Corporate Social Responsibility and innovation in corporate organizing capacity.