SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure


Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.


Without infrastructure and innovation, there are little grounds for a society to develop and thrive. The same is true for the growth of new industries, information, and communication technologies.

For many nations, lacking infrastructure is a severe hindrance to growth, which stands in the way of obtaining other Sustainable Development Goals. Even today, some low-income African countries experience lacking infrastructure as a cause to business productivity losses, with up to 40 percent.


By promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, nations can develop this key component of sustainable development.

By providing universal and affordable access to the internet, to the more than 4 billion people who currently are offline, knowledge and information can help drive a sustainable change.

Sustainable development
Industry, innovation and infrastructure is key in making the world more sustainable.

How are companies working with it:

Bechtel – Low impact highways: In partnership with a Turkish company, Bectel was selected to construct a highway in Kosovo.
During construction, this consortium incorporated reducing, reusing, and recycling of waste into the project. The project included reducing fuel consumption during earthworks excavation, recycling waste oil to provide heating fuel for the local business community, and increasing awareness of various recycling options related to road industries (e.g. tires and batteries).

Vallourec – Emission-lowering steel solutions: Vallourec developed a wide range of steel tubular solutions designed for power generation, which contribute to the increased energy efficiency of power plants and reduced CO2 emissions. Modern power plants achieve higher efficiency through higher process temperatures and pressures, which has resulted in continuously increasing demands on the materials used for tube and pipe production. Vallourec is a leader in tubular solutions for power plants and has developed solutions for supercritical and ultra-supercritical power plants which are the plants that generate the lowest CO2 emissions compared to the average emissions of thermal power plants around the world.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Energy, Natural resources & Chemicals)

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