Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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Český ostrovní dům – projekt: Český ostrovní dům

The goal of Český ostrovní dům (Czech Sustainable Houses) competition is to create original projects of modern, sustainable buildings of all forms and sizes, and to build a community of sustainable architects. The project works with top experts in all stages of building structure (such as energy, water management, smart solutions or waste) to define more sustainable and cleaner attitudes in these areas.

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Michal Kavalčík

Actor, singer and TV host


Pearl River Tower

The Pearl River Tower skyscraper in Guangzhou, China, contains an integrated wind power plant which makes it one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. In the 309 meters tall tower, there are two large openings where wind turbines create enough energy for the operation of the building. Integrated solar panels, a double-layer insulation wall, underground ventilation and maximization of daylight are some of the building’s other sustainable functions.

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Remote cooling system

A remote cooling system of commercial and industrial buildings in Copenhagen, Denmark uses a sea water pipe system. Water from the harbour is cold enough to reduce the energy consumption of cooling processes. Apart from being a clean and sustainable source of cooling, the system is also smaller and quieter, more affordable and uses less energy than the usual air-conditioning.

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Sanivation provides clean and effective sanitary services to urban communities in the East of Africa. It processes sewage from modern toilets and turns it into affordable fuel.

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By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support


Save energy by plugging your computer and home appliances to a multi-socket power strip which you turn off completely when you are not using them.

Turn off the lights. Your TV screen emits a soft light so you can turn off the light sources when you do not need them.

Close your windows and doors tight: it improves temperature management. Keep the indoor temperature lower in winter and higher in the summer time.

Replace your old appliances and light bulbs with modern, energy-efficient ones.

If you can, install a solar panel on your house. You will save energy and money spent on electricity bills.

Tell us more about your own ways of supporting the global goals: use the #SDGs and #GlobalGoals hashtags on social media.

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