Businesses are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether it’s reacting to new technologies or foreseeing new trends, their capacity to change is put to a test every day. Companies in all sectors need to invest now to keep pace with rapid technology development and to make their business models more resilient, factoring in their impact on the environment and societies. Our sector series delve into the role of new technologies in the transition to sustainable business models in sectors such as food and agriculture, energy, and transportation and logistics.
Are we close to the hydrogen tipping point?
Hydrogen has a crucial role to play in decarbonization. The race to net zero is on, and taking part is no longer optional. That means we have no choice but to explore new technologies and integrate them into our energy systems and our economies.
The future of energy
It’s hard to predict the future, but you can be sure that the energy sector will look significantly different 20 years from now than it does today. While companies will still produce fossil fuels in 2040, renewables could account for almost 70% of the world’s energy mix, while nearly 80% less carbon will be emitted into the air, according to a report from ING.
Can the circular economy help packaging make a comeback?
Plastic waste is a growing predicament. In a recent ING International Survey, 34% of Europeans said that plastic waste was the biggest environmental problem – ahead of climate change (1). As consumer pressure mounts, government, the packaging industry and consumer brands are working to solve the plastic packaging problem.
Northvolt: The battery maker accelerating Europe’s sustainability drive
Northvolt, a four-year-old start-up headquartered in Stockholm, is building a giant production plant for lithium-ion battery cells in Skellefteå, northern Sweden. The ‘gigafactory’ is set to start producing in 2021 and is widely expected to usher in a new era for Europe’s automotive industry.
Smart shipping in uncertain times
Consider the race to get Covid-19 vaccines to the public: one of the biggest obstacles could be transportation. If the transport and logistics sector scales up the internet of things (IoT), sensors, and blockchain, it could dramatically reduce time-loss in the transport of critical items – during the pandemic and beyond.
Appetite for change: How meat and dairy alternatives are moving from niche to normal
The global meat and dairy industry contributes 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and in 2018 we consumed 385 million tonnes of meat worldwide, accounting for at least 1.7 gigatons of CO2 emissions, 380 million hectares of land and consumption of 87 billion square meters of water. That is a huge environmental impact – from just meat and dairy.