Biomass-derived liquid transportation fuels and energy products have been proposed as part of the solution to climate change and thus support SDG 7 and 13 to increase renewable energy in the global energy mix and increase resilience against climate change. This article describes the key challenges and opportunities in modeling and optimization of biomass-to-bioenergy supply chains. Conclusions include potential future research on multi-scale modelling and optimization of biofuel value chains.

Global Environmental Change, May 2014, Pages 152 - 158

Ecosystems provide a range of services that are crucial to human wellbeing, health and survival. This paper provides an updated estimate of the global value of ecosystem services to enable these services to be properly appreciated and taken into account during decision-making. Knowing the true value of ecosystem services contributes to advancing SDG target 13.3 to improve awareness-raising and action on climate change mitigation, as well as SDG target 15 as it helps preserve ecosystems and maintain high biodiversity.
Focused on a Green Future
Italy's leading petrochemical producer, Versalis has taken a fundamental shift in its strategy and direction, to renew its focus on innovation and green chemistry, providing opportunities for growth. This is the ICIS/Versalis supplement about green and bio-based chemicals and sustainabliity with videos embedded. Green chemistry fits in with SDG 9 Industry Innovation and SDG 7 Affordable Clean Energy.
In order to ease the pressure on biomass resources and investments in renewable energy, feasible solutions to future sustainable energy systems must involve a substantial focus on energy conservation and energy efficiency measures. This paper defines the concept of 4th Generation District Heating and explains the concepts of smart energy and smart thermal grids, in support of SDG target 7.2 to increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.
Vaccine “hesitancy” is an emerging term in the literature and discourse on vaccine decision-making and determinants of vaccine acceptance. Determinants of vaccine hesitancy are complex and context-specific – varying across time, place and vaccines. By eliminating vaccine hesitancy SDG 3 will be met as it seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life.
A new Global Investment Framework for Women's and Children's Health demonstrates how investment in women's and children's health will secure high health, social, and economic returns. We costed health systems strengthening and six investment packages for: maternal and newborn health, child health, immunisation, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. This article directly links to the SDG targets 3.1 and 3.2 to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, and end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age.

Energy Research & Social Science, March 2014, Pages 188 - 197

The threat of disruptive climate change has thrown the spotlight on the central role that energy plays in shaping the future relationship between human society and its natural environment. This article provides an overview of how the study of global environmental politics has shaped energy research in the past and how it contributes to defining the future energy research agenda. It provides insights to SDG target 7 to secure clean energy with minimal environmental impact to all.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Volume 103, Issue 2, February 2014, Pages 137–149

Diabetes is a serious and increasing global health burden and estimates of prevalence are essential for appropriate allocation of resources and monitoring of trends. The SDG 3.4 target for 2030 is to reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. This paper concludes that low and middle income countries will experience the greatest increase of diabetes over the next 22 years, highlighting inequalities in healthcare and nutritition.

The Lancet Volume 383, Issue 9917, 15–21 February 2014, Pages 630-667

The Lancet–University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health examines health inequity and the conflict between the health sector with other powerful actors, such as protection of national security, safeguarding or sovereignty. This paper contributes to goal 3 and 5.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 1, 2014, Pages 2-7

Currently lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in significant numbers in vehicles are designed to last the life of the vehicle. They will not reach their end-of-life for another 10 years. This paper examines how the model used to recycle lead-acid batteries could be applied to Li-ion batteries and ensure steps are put in place so that the economical and sustainable benefits can be achieved at the end of its useful life. This addresses SDG 12, in particular waste reduction and reuse.