Despite the rapid progress of the global economy and technology's key role, severe environmental and ecological challenges must be given proper attention to advance sustainable development. This paper uses the autoregressive distributed lag method on 40 years of data to investigate the impact of technological innovation on China's sustainable development and determine the channels through which technological innovation contributes to sustainable development. Our empirical results demonstrate that technological innovation is an important driver in promoting sustainable development, revealing that innovation adds to economic growth without harmful effects on the environment. The results also indicate that financial development significantly adds to China's sustainable development through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction, and economic growth further triggers the sustainability process by reducing CO2 emissions. The findings of this paper enhance existing theories and contribute to the progress of sustainable development in China, the novel results outlining industry development drivers could potentially be used for developing global innovation policies integration. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd
Original languageEnglish
Article number102184
JournalTechnology in Society
Publication statusPublished - 2023

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Education
  • Business and International Management

    WoS ResearchAreas Categories

  • Social Issues
  • Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

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