The United Nations has set 17 goals to address global sustainability. These goals include Climate action, good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production, affordable and clear energy; and also sustainable cities and communities.
UrbanZee, a small startup from Turku, focusses on measuring the air quality of entire cities and involving all stakeholders in finding lasting solutions. Its services are very much aligned with the sustainability goals set out by the UN. Sustainable cities can only be created by working together between citizens, companies and local governments. UrbanZee aims to initiate communities of concerned citizens around air pollution and detailed measurements, and facilitate discussions between all the stakeholders to create impact.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) initiative was launched in 2012 to support the sustainability goals by mobilizing scientific and technical expertise. Within the Nordics, SDSN Northern Europe created several themed Solution Initiative Forums, and within 2019 the focus was on Air.
UrbanZee was approached, among many other companies, to perform a self-assessment and be evaluated by initiative’s expert panel. From all these companies, UrbanZee was selected to be a part of the 20 companies included in the final Air Solutions Report published in August during the Solution Initiative Forum event.
UrbanZee was assessed to contribute indirectly to nine of the 17 sustainability goals as defined by the United Nations.
The Air Solutions Report is available from the UN SDSN Northern Europe website.