The time to start building better is now. Population growth and rising demand for housing mean construction is expanding at a faster rate than efforts to reduce energy consumption. But only a tiny fraction of properties are carbon neutral. Next week I will be moderating a virtual panel discussion on “Constructing change".
Three inspiring innovators, leading the way for a sustainable ocean economy, have won the World Ocean Initiative’s Ocean Changemakers Challenge, supported by Destination Canada. The competition aims to showcase the outstanding changemakers—mainly early-career researchers or professionals—working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges.
Tomorrow I will moderate Economist Impact’s Sustainable Cities Talk. According to data from the World Bank, cities are already home to 56% of the global population—and that percentage will continue to grow in the coming decades. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that cities also contribute to 75% of global carbon emissions.
COP27 represents the last realistic chance to adopt decisive climate action to limit global heating to 1.5°C. The Egyptian COP27 Presidency has set four key focus areas: mitigation, adaptation, finance and collaboration. In a new preview on Economist Impact’s Sustainability Project platform I explain why COP27 is a critical event for climate action.
Consumer companies have talked about sustainability for decades, but the need for immediate action has never been stronger. Join me and industry leaders in this webinar to hear about a new study we just released that explores the potential of collaboration to scale sustainability initiatives.
I have published a blog that summarises my keynote speech at the recent 30th anniversary celebration of the John Nurminen Foundation. It focuses on shifting the ocean narrative from negative connotations to positive ones.
I recently spoke about the importance of ocean ecosystems at the Valuing Natural Capital Conference 2022 in Geneva, organised by Geneva Macro Labs. My summary blog has just been published on Economist Impact's Sustainability Project.
I was invited by the John Nurminen Foundation to provide the keynote speech at its 30th anniversary in Helsinki. The foundation does lots of great work to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. I was honoured to speak about the opportunities of building a sustainable ocean economy in the Baltic Sea and beyond.
I was in Halifax, Canada to moderate seven sessions at Economist Impact's World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit, including sessions on blue economy resilience, innovation alliances, changes in the Arctic, blue carbon to mitigate climate change, and big data and predictive analytics. We also announced the winners of the World Ocean Initiative’s Ocean Changemakers Challenge.
World Maritime Day is celebrated in September to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities. It provides an opportunity to reflect on how the shipping industry can play a critical role in leveraging ‘greener’ innovations towards solving decarbonisation challenges.
I moderated the session “How Can We Develop Blue Economy Opportunities?” at the Virtual Island Summit 2022, organised by Island Innovation. Following an opening keynote by Dr Keith Mitchell, former prime minister of Grenada, I was joined by four excellent panellists.
Next week I will speak at the "Valuing Natural Capital Conference" in Geneva, hosted by Geneva Macro Labs in collaboration with ILO, UNITAR, UNCDF, Harvard University, FootPrint Coalition and ServiceNow. My presentation will focus on the role of marine natural capital in mitigating climate change, drawing on insights from my work leading Economist Impact's World Ocean Initiative.
It was encouraging to see the source-to-sea approach making waves at this year’s World Water Week, organised by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). However, ocean solutions could still be featured more prominently. Here are my five takeaways.
I have been attending World Water Week in Stockholm this week. Today is the final day, and I will be speaking during the closing panel on “What’s Next?”. I will talk about the latest trends when it comes to innovation and societal transformations, drawing on research from Economist Impact and the World Ocean Initiative.
I‘m attending World Water Week in Stockholm this week. Today I will be speaking as part of the talk show “From words into action: Financing from source to sea”. I will be joined by Ruth Mathews, senior manager at SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute) and moderator Eric Paglia of KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Only around 1.2% of the high seas are currently protected. Unfortunately, diplomats meeting at the UN in New York have failed (at their fifth attempt) to agree on a high seas treaty. In this interview for TRT World I explain why having a global ocean treaty is so significant.
International Youth Day is observed each year on August 12th. This month Economist Impact's World Ocean Initiative celebrates past winners of our Ocean Changemakers Challenge. These young talents are all working on solutions for a sustainable blue economy.
A key part of California’s single-use plastics law, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) eventually could lead to cost savings through better product design and materials recovery. I was interviewed by PlasticsToday about the opportunities and challenges of introducing EPR schemes, with references to Economist Impact's recent work on the circular economy, plastics management and advanced recycling technologies.
I was interviewed by Waste360 about the prospects of advanced recycling technologies. In the interview I discuss how Economist Impact's "Rethinking Plastics in a Circular Economy" study, supported by Dow, comprehensively assesses each plastic recycling technology for attributes that will be important considerations to policymakers, investors and the plastics industry.
Plastic Free July is an opportunity to reflect on the pervasiveness of plastic in our daily lives and highlight opportunities to build a circular economy. Plastic production increased more than 200-fold between 1950 and 2019, growing from 2 million tonnes to 460 million tonnes per year, yet only 14–18% of plastic is recycled globally.