The next 10 years will see rampant growth in smarter, more innovative and resource efficient homes, industries and infrastructure if we are to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and keep the global temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees. Business leaders and policy makers will have to innovate to survive and remain globally competitive.
According to the IPCC, climate change has already reduced wheat, rice and corn mean yield in tropical and temperate zones and will continue to do so, and last month, a new report from the UN warned soaring temperatures will make it too hot to work in some counties. Extreme heat in south-east Asia has already limited working hours by 15 to 20 percent, and the figure is predicted to double by 2050 as global warming progresses.
Low-income countries are more likely to lose productivity from heat, even though they contribute little to the causes of climate change in terms of greenhouse gas pollution. Richer countries for the most part will evade losses from heat, however Russia, Norway and Sweden may see productivity decrease as a result of freezing temperatures in the winter. From 1980 to 2012, it said about 2.1 million people worldwide died as a direct result of almost 21,000 natural catastrophes such as floods, mudslides, extreme heat, drought, high winds or fires. The cost of those disasters exceeded $US4 trillion, a sum comparable to the current GDP of Germany.
While climate change and resource scarcity are two of the greatest risks we face, tackling them is also one of our biggest economic opportunities. According to analysis by We Mean Business, a coalition of the world's most influential businesses and investors working to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all, implementing the Paris Agreement will unlock at least $13.5 trillion of economic activity globally.
Companies like Ben and Jerry's are tapping into climate disruption to drive innovation. They recently announced their intent to develop a science-based carbon target. It had already established an internal price on carbon to fund innovation in its dairy supply chain, which is responsible for more than 40 percent of its life cycle GHG emissions. Ford are also advancing their climate change strategy developing products and practices that reduce their impact and tackle the challenges of climate change.
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|To help inspire a new vision of sustainable development and to spur on a resource recovery revolution, we have pulled together some new blue and circular economy innovation examples for our winter edition of MOSS News, Views and Events. We hope they add value to your thinking, inspire greater resource efficiency, create local economic development and improve productivity and profitability.|
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Blue and Circular Economy NEWS
Biomimicry - looking to the natural world for answers. The idea of biomimicry - looking to nature to solve human problems is growing in popularity as more organizations try to mimic the best from the natural world. Its possibilities are extraordinary yet it's very simple in its approach. When you sit down to design anything, ask yourself "what would nature do here"?
|Trucost identifies $3.5bn environmental savings from scaling up sustainable plastic. Companies using sustainable plastic could deliver $3.5 billion environmental savings , according to a discussion paper published by Trucost. To achieve these benefits, business and policymakers have to massively scale up initiatives such as plastic recycling and bioplastics. Many companies now realize that environmental sustainability has a positive impact not only on the communities they serve, but also on their own bottom line. |
|Making bricks from discarded plastic and rubber. Conceptos Plįsticos, a Colombian social enterprise, has found an ingenious way of making bricks from discarded plastic and rubber. This not only prevents plastic pollution and diverts waste from landfills, it also creates much needed building materials for communities to establish infrastructure. The plastic waste is melted and poured into a mould to produce plastic blocks that work like Lego pieces...|
|ByFusion: Creates Building Blocks from tackling Ocean Waste. This innovation takes plastic waste feeds it a machine (like a giant washing machine) and creates RePlast building blocks. These are the same size and shape as the conventional concrete blocks but have a 95 percent lower footprint. Discover more.. |
|Garbage in, energy out: creating biofuel from plastic waste. An Australian startup has found a way to transform end-of-life plastics into bio-crude fuel. It will tackle the issue of what to do with end-of-life plastics - the remnants of mixed plastics with small amounts of paper and cardboard that are left over from more easily recyclable components. But is this a sustainable solution or just pollution displacement? |
|Climate Disruption drives innovation. Is your business embracing the disruptive forces of a low-carbon world? Read more about how Ben and Jerry and Ford are advancing their climate change strategies, working with suppliers and developing new products and practices. More... |
|Portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials for the Fashion Industry. The fashion industry is poised to undergo a sustainability overhaul. The Fashion Positive Materials Collection has launched an online portfolio of 39 for fashion applications that are Cradle to Cradle Certified or have received a Material Health Certificate. |
|Biodegradable silk food wrap has arrived. A team of biomedical engineers have developed a technique that enables food to be coated with an almost invisible layer of fibroin, a protein found in silk. This cling film-like food wrap made from silk can preserve fruit for more than a week, as a natural, biodegradable alternative to plastic. |
|Farmers turn tobacco into airplane fuel. As the demand for tobacco declines in the US, farmers are look for new opportunities. In Virginia, growers are experimenting turning crops into viable biofuel. |
|Welcome to the hi-tech off-grid communities. Residents in an eco-village project piloted in the Netherlands will produce solar and biogas power, grow organic vegetables, farms fish and chickens, harvests water and recycles waste into fertilizer. This involves combining the most modern technologies to build a circle of homes in a closed-loop system. More... |
|Can the advertising industry sell us waste-free living? The founder of WWF's Earth Hour, Andy Ridley, believes the creative industries are key to building support for the circular economy. It's about looking at circular economy business models, for example, closed loop recycling, asset sharing, switching to a service, and how you apply those to your client. Smart creatives will start to get that. |
|Coffee as a road base. Swinburne University researchers have scoured the campus' cafes for coffee grounds and used them as part of the mix for a more sustainable road construction material. Their testing showed that the blocks were robust enough to be used as a subgrade, the material that sits beneath the road surface. This technology would help to reduce landfill and the demand for virgin quarry materials. |
| Cavill + Co release Talking the Walk®. Partnerships expert and social do-gooder Hailey Cavill last week launched Talking the Walk - 140 pages of rich data gathered from 24 CSR research reports from around the world including Australia. It also contains previously unreleased research on how CSR influences product purchase and how to get staff talking about CSR. There are 12 themes and 10 recommendations for communicating in this brave new world. Get your hands on one.|
|Business Model Innovation in the Circular Economy - Frans van Houten. Frans van Houten, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Netherlands-based Royal Philips, discusses the opportunities for business model innovation that the circular economy could present. He explains what such innovation would look like, and the economic potential it would bring. |
|Car sharing can reduce social inequality in cities. A new study, titled Shared Mobility: Innovation for Liveable Cities by the International Transport Forum has found that replacing traditional buses with shared buses and taxis can help reduce social inequality while making the city more sustainable and liveable as well. |
|Brexit, 'deglobalization' and the stakes of systems in chaos. John Elkington shares his thoughts about the impact of Brexit, how it will impact the Sustainable Development Goals, deglobalisation as we know it and suggests that maybe that times of profound turmoil are exactly the moments when big systemic changes can become possible, even inevitable turning lemons into lemonade! |
|Biomimicry lecture inspires SNREds to innovate with nature's blueprints. Megan Schuknecht and Gretchen Hooker of the Biomimicry Institute present case studies revealing the myriad ways entrepreneurs are applying lessons from the natural world to solve environmental and industrial challenges. Biomimicry helps humans design tools and processes that close the loop of our industrial actions, ultimately lessening our reliance on non-renewable resources and boosting global sustainability. More |
|Are seawalls the best answer to rising sea levels - or is retreat a better option? Seawalls are the most widely used method of protecting waterfront properties and infrastructure. While many object to their use, moves to minimize their visual and ecological impact are continually being refined. David Rissik, deputy director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility share his views. Which one is the better option? |
|Embedding sustainability into organizational culture. Becoming a truly sustainable (and socially and environmentally responsible) company requires more than structures, systems and programs, but rather achieving a certain organizational cultural shift. Few companies succeed to integrate sustainability in their day-to-day decisions in a way that drives business growth. Discover how this can change... |
|CSR Trends in India. In 2013 the Companies Act dictated that large companies were required to set up a CSR committee at board level and spend at least 2% of their average net profits on CSR activities. It changed the way corporates think and talk about it. CSR is no longer seen as a separate philanthropic activity. Instead, corporates are taking a more strategic approach, and connecting their CSR strategy to their overall business ethos. More... |
|Biomimicry Immersion Workshop Sept 5-10 @ Cape Tribulation, Qld. Join this FIRST EVER biomimicry immersion workshop in Aust to: Identify sustainable innovation strategies in nature and discern the functional objectives being achieved by forms, processes, and systems in nature; Translate biological phenomenon into relevant and applicable design principles and much much more. CLICK HERE for full details. |
Discover the Blue Economy innovation of growing mushrooms on waste. Join Mycologist Ivanka Milenkovic and her team at EkofungiSchool in Belgrade, Serbia for a 5 day residential program 22 - 26 September 2016 or 21 - 26 March 2017 that shares the secrets of farming mushrooms on waste products (such as coffee grounds) and the fundamentals to building a profitable, sustainable and rewarding food business.
For a detailed program, testimonials and registration refer: CLICK HERE.
Thanks and Change of Address
|A very special thanks to Cynthia Lee Sou Hin and Celia Lai Sze interns from Hong Kong Baptist University who have been with us for the last 7 weeks - who have done research for our newsletter, input dozens of new resources in our knowledge centre and prepared case studies for our new curriculum and much much more. |
We wish you both the very best for the future!
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