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  • Writer's pictureCaterina Sullivan

Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 7 & Goal 9

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

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One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 7 aims to provide energy which is not only affordable and clean but also reliable to citizens all around the world, and Goal 9 aims to ensure buildings are resilient, industry is sustainable and innovation is encouraged.

To assess the interconnectedness of these two goals, let’s break down Goal 9 into its three distinct key areas.


Target 9.4 requires that we retrofit industries to be sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes. Affordable and clean energy is one of the main focuses of this target.


A large aspect of Goal 9 is using innovative technologies to achieve the Global Goals themselves. This means it is important to see increased innovation in the affordable and clean energy sector in Australia and around the world.


Goal 9 requires that buildings are built to be resilient and sustainable. In order for buildings to be sustainable in their energy-consumption, it is important that new buildings are constructed with affordable and clean energy in mind. A great example of this is using solar panels on new buildings and budgeting and planning for future technological capabilities around battery storage.

To find out more about these two goals and their interrelatedness, you can read more by visiting #Goal7: #AffordableEnergy and #CleanEnergy and #Goal9: #Industry, #Innovation and #Infrastructure.

This article was originally published on the Global Goals Australia Campaign website.

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