Team:Saint Joseph/Sustainable


SDG Impact

Two very important problems the world is facing currently are water use and its scarcity. While citizens of highly developed countries show excessive water usage patterns, inhabitants of countries that have poor economic conditions do not have access to sufficient level of clean water. As a team, we are concerned about the water scarcity in the world and deeply disturbed by the large amounts of water usage required to recycle or decompose cellulose-based materials. With a view to providing a solution to this great problem, we came up with the idea to use enzymes in treating paper wastes by enhancing the productivity of the cellulase.
The project appeals to Sustainable Development Goal number 6.4, water use and scarcity, as it aims to shred the cellulose into its monosaccharide, glucose, as an end product. This procedure minimizes water usage in the elimination process of paper wastes. Our project, if successful, would have an impact on both local and global scale. To begin with, in the local dimension, by observing our surroundings and obtaining data from companies and water treatment plants, we have concluded that in our local communities, people create tons of paper waste during the day. Moreover, like many other countries, our country is expected to experience significant water scarcity in the following decades. This undeniable fact encouraged us to create a solution for the problem of degrading papers. Global warming and water shortage have both become a threat to the environment, which are expected to induce many issues like food scarcity globally, including in our own country.

To conclude, as a team that prioritizes environmental issues, we have created a project that is devoted to Target 6.4 of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.