The world is in the midst of an innovation renaissance. Significant inventions in artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, big data, biotech, drones, space exploration, 3D printing, FinTech, digital medicine, genetic engineering, and other areas are dramatically changing our every-day lives. The power of technology, once exclusively limited to big governments and industry, is now being democratized into the hands of ordinary citizens everywhere.
United Nations Sustainability Goal #12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution. Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life.
Despite technological advances that have promoted energy efficiency gains, energy use in OECD countries will continue to grow another 35 per cent by 2020. Come up with solutions and platforms which reduce need of energy.
Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles. Come up with solutions and platforms which reduce level of material consumption.
You are invited to a workshop, organised in cooperation with UNTIL Finland, to discuss the potential of sustainable development innovations as a solution to social challenges. The aim of the workshop is to create understanding and gather views on how to develop sustainable development innovation ecosystems in Finland and how to boost Finnish impact-led companies.