InnoMetrics brings together key figures and trends shared by innovation experts on WAI social networks.
As they question the “green promises” of new business models, experts and analysts list the more or less successful initiatives that show a tangible willingness to drive environmental friendly policies and strategies. By doing so, they also remind the lack of political actions to follow such discourses for change. In the meantime, renewable energies can now showcase pragmatic and positive results to inspire a global turn in this battle to lower the impact of climate change. Finding a proper global leadership, investing in renewable energies and divesting from polluting assets is seen as a potential path for a more sustainable growth. Unfortunately, time is now counted for such changes to happen, and the amount of pollution generated so far shows how difficult the task remains for both developed and developing countries.
Negotiating a way forward
A the sharing economy develops into a growing disruptive trends, experts call attention on the veracity of the green claims these new business models promise.
“Maybe the evidence for the sharing economy’s green claims will come in time—Gansky rightly pointed out, “while the movement is progressing, we’re still in early days.” But until it does, it’s best to beware of green claims about sharing—or, for that matter, anything else—until all the evidence is in.”
Ensia, Policy Innovations
Yet political leaders need to show their commitment to driving the future of cities into a more protective approach of the environment.
Christopher Hume, The Star
Environmental friendly policies are starting to show repercussions on the economic level.
The very low price, coupled with the environmental crises and economic shifts happening in the major Asian economies, is killing the global coal trade — and it’s hard to see it coming back from this.
Zachary Davies Boren, Energy Desk GreenPeace
Even though, potential results remain stymied by a lack of political aggressiveness to fully deliver on previously agreed financial goals.
“The challenge is how to translate that willingness (to be united in addressing climate change) into concrete solutions to the difficult areas of the negotiation. That’s what we are going to do during the next days,” said Brazilian chief negotiator Antonio Marcondes.
Renewable powers at hand
Organizing a world wide people led movement to provide enough weight to citizen’s requirements is not an easy task.
“The well-intentioned Americans of 350.org venturing overseas to be the global umbrella for the movement have created an organization that has unfortunately bulldozed over other voices in the climate movement and has come to be seen by many as the movement itself. So while the movement is bigger and more complex than 350.org, having this unofficial and unaccountable focal point limits how we think about and interact with climate activism”.
David Gray Donald, Unevenearth.org
In front of citizens, global industrial players remain an economic and political hurdle that have a direct impact on sustainable policies and results.
“Sensing the danger represented by a massive development of the renewable energy sector in the world, the oil industry tries to maintain the oil barrel at a very affordable level in order to somehow reduce the booming effect produced by the clean energy revolution.”
Dany Ovy, Alternative Energies
Fortunately enough, the environment itself seems to favor renewable power by highlighting those initiatives that are starting to deliver substantial results in advanced green countries.
“One of the main reasons for the record-breaking year was that 2015 was a particularly windy year. If two large onshore windfarms at Anholt and Horns Rev 2 had not been out of action, wind would have made up 43.5% of total power, Energinet said.”
Arthur Nelsen, The Guardian
To obtain a global impact, changes will not occur without countries divesting in polluting assets on top of investing in renewable energies.
“We also must ramp up the divestment movement to challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry in the United States and abroad. We must put fossil fuel industries on notice that the public will no longer tolerate climate pollution.”
Terry Odendahl, SSIR
Sizing the challenge ahead
There is no discussion protecting our planet and its resources has become a top priority. First indications of this show in the driving causes for recent migration waves.
“It’s the first time an environmental challenge has topped the list in 11 years the WEF has been publishing its risk analysis. Weapons of mass destruction was rated the second most impactful problem, followed by water crises.”
Ben Schiller, Fast CoExist
At the same time, changes occur on a far too quiet and slow basis, drawing attention on our current inability to fully stop industrial pollution on the short term.
“It is only in 2013 that the international chemistry group stopped producing and using this substance, considered in Europe as “extremely preoccupying” by REACH regulation. Current trials against the company are still under way.”
Yet a growing awareness of human impact on its environment should lead to take urgent action.
“It’s estimated that it can take 450 years to break down, almost every single piece of plastic created is still with us. Use less, reuse, and recycle.”
As below video shows, human and industrial impact on the environment is growingly complex to reverse. According to experts and analysts, such challenge require a systemic answer involving political, economic and social stakeholders to achieve pragmatic results on the long term.