Aqua4D: Sustainable Development Goals

Aqua4D is pleased to contribute to a total of 11 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations.

These SDGs were put together during Ban Ki-moon’s tenure as Secretary General of the UN, and guided by his famous statement that: “We don’t have a Plan B because there’s no Planet B”, calling climate change in particular the defining issue of our time.

There are 17 goals in total, containing 169 targets, ranging from education to environment, sustainability to gender equality, from employment to health and well-being. More than 190 countries have now signed up to this collective vision to end poverty, hunger, inequality and protect the environment. The comprehensive list can be found at the United Nations Development Programme here.

The goals to which Aqua4D contributes are:

ZERO HUNGER

Water treated by the Aqua4D system consistently brings about increased yields of up to 20-30%. What’s more, nematodes are repelled by the system, which could have a huge impact on the 18% of global yields lost due to these pests.

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

By promoting dissolution of minerals, Aqua4D irrigated water is healthier for plants and also eliminates infection-causing biofilm. In agriculture, the Aqua4D system reduces the need of chemicals for livestock.

CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

With the Aqua4D system, even hard or saline water can be effectively used for irrigation. Meanwhile, the system’s effects on biofilm and limescale mean cleaner and safer water systems whether used in irrigation, buildings or for animals.

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

The Aqua4D system can be easily connected to solar panel arrays, and requires minimal maintenance, with ROI in 6-24 months. On average, there is an estimated 50,000-150,000 kg CO2 reduction during the estimated lifetime of an Aqua4D system.

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Through improving productivity in agriculture, Aqua4D helps to promote sustained economic growth, notably in desert areas where agriculture is not yet possible or shows low productivity.

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND  INFRASTRUCTURE

Aqua4D is continuously investing in scientific research promoting sustainable water treatment. In agriculture, technological progress is key to feeding the world population, with over half is now living in cities. Aqua4D is part of these technological challenges.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITY

The Aqua4D system is completely sustainable, can be easily connected to solar panel arrays, and requires minimal maintenance. Moreover, it uses only around the same power as a 10W lightbulb.

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Our systems increase a plant’s absorption of water and minerals, meaning growers need use less water, less fertilizers, and less chemicals. In agriculture, elimination of biofilm means less use of chemicals in animal feeding systems.

CLIMATE ACTION

Our systems are produced responsibly at our HQ in Switzerland.Changing the structure of water allows for more efficient use, better absorption, and hence water savings. Moreover, salt is leeched away, allowing for better growth in areas blighted by soil salinization.

LIFE ON LAND

Salinization is a major problem in irrigated agriculture, whereby salts saturate the soil, resulting in reduced yields. With a tenth of the world’s irrigated land damaged this is becoming a profound threat to food security. With the Aqua4D system’s leeching effects, our systems allow to rehabilitate lands.

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Through allowing a diversified cultivation of crop varieties and improving yields, Aqua4D helps with local food security. Through improving yields and quality of fruit and vegetables, our systems help developing countries increase their exports and their own goals.