At its core, our project focuses on an industrial application, something that seems distant from the everyday life of the general public; most people would probably find it difficult to point out how our project could affect them. In reality, our project deals with global problems affecting everyone, and we aim to contribute to reaching several of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN).

By 2030, not only individuals but also organizations and nations will need to cooperate to achieve the SDGs established by the UN in 2015 (Sustainable Development). The SDGs pave the way to develop welfare, peace, and partnership to drive global action towards a more sustainable future ((Sala et al. (2020). Failure to address the goals will most likely result in a less healthy, wealthy, and pleasant world for future generations.

Implementing synthetic biology as a tool to drive the transition towards a greener economy and replace the fossil-fuel-based industry is a potential way of addressing the SDGs. Thus, DTU BioBuilders are highly committed to contributing to reaching the SDGs.we focused on rethinking education to guide future scientists towards a mindset focused on sustainability.

Here, we detail how our project has contributed to and has the potential to keep contributing to the SDGs.

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production

Our hope is that by converting lignocellulosic waste into valuable compounds, we can support the switch to a circular and sustainable bio-based economy. We seek to reduce the amount of underutilized waste generated by forestry and agriculture. Thus, the project contributes to and promotes the efficient use of our natural resources. We have been in contact with companies such as Novozymes to ensure that we adopt sustainable practices.

SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

Our project focuses on using available resources to the fullest in biomanufacturing by reusing agricultural waste. By recycling lignocellulosic residues in bioproduction, we limit the space needed to produce carbon and energy sources for conventional bioproduction. Thus, these resources can instead be used to feed the growing population of the world, which is a crucial step toward meeting future food demand (Alsaffar et al. (2020)).

To this extent, we discussed with the Co-founder of Chromologics ApS, Anders Ødum . Chromologics has a specific focus on creating as sustainable a fermentation pipeline as possible. Chromologics advised us in directions to secure we only leave a positive mark on the resource utilization of the world.

SDG 15 - Life on land

Biodiversity loss caused by agriculture and forestry is an issue in many countries, Denmark included. Our project promotes the sustainable use of already utilized land - reducing the impact on biodiversity as less land needs conversion to meet the food demand of the world's growing population.

This claim, of course, demands equal innovation in architecture and city management, to house more people in the same amount of space. We contribute with valuable knowledge, potentially allowing biotech industries to successfully upcycle the lignocellulosic waste from agriculture, reducing the degradation of natural habitats.

SDG 4- Quality Education

Through the workshops and activities listed in the Education section a we promote an accessible, inclusive and equitable education model. We want to promote lifelong learning opportunities in science and in synthetic biology. All of the educational content we have created is publically available online in a plug-n-play manner, to ensure that it reaches as many as possible without restrictions. Much of the material has also been anchored externally to further boost outreach.

Our goal was to ensure quality education for ALL - not only for kids, but also for e.g. other iGEM teams. Thus, we mentored the first-year iGEM participants from ELTE iGEM team from Hungary, as mentioned in the Collaborations section from the early steps of their project. We guided them in the team formation and organization. We also assisted them in shaping their scope and how to work with the fundamental iGEM values and Synthetic Biology Ethics.