It’s time we moved from a state of emergency into a “state of emerging innovation.”
Global Opportunity Explorer is a top hub when it comes to sustainability. Its new report features the most innovative climate solutions that can make a global impact in 2019. Published annually by Sustainia, the report focuses on financially feasible innovations with proven social and environmental impacts. In line with global trends, this year’s topic is climate.
Spread across six sectors, solutions include blockchain-enabled sustainable energy and agriculture, mycelium-based packaging and high-tech urban farming, among many others. Solutions are quickly accessible online and through the list of QR codes on the first pages of the publication.
The report comes together with pieces written by thought leaders such as influential American author Thomas Friedman and Bertrand Piccard, founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, in addition to a number of company CEOs who have managed to turn climate risks into opportunities.
One shared idea among the authors is that companies need to go ahead of governments in sustainability innovation so they don’t fear new rules and regulations but rather lead the change. “CEOs must be activists,” comes a bold message from Paul Polman, former Unilever CEO. Meanwhile, Connie Hedegaard, a Dansih politician, shares five tips for climate action with the most important one being “Don’t be late to the game.”
Contributors also agree that companies need to go beyond the simple paradigm of “making more money by becoming greener.” “[W]inning the climate game is not about your business sector or the size of your turnover, but more a question of mindsets – how business leaders understand and respond to the new market reality,” say the editors.
They suggest that it’s time we moved from a state of emergency into a “state of emerging innovation” in the hope that featured solutions will help drive effective action on climate change.