Circular advantage: the economic and business rationale
Our society is based on growth, yet much of this growth has come at the expense of our natural environment.It is time to capitalize on the transition to a circular economy and recognize the practical opportunities for how the circular economy approach can translate into positive environmental impacts, cost savings, and greater profits. The end of the era of abundance isa reality and understanding how best to accelerate the move towards a circular economy is as much a work in progress as the transition itself. This session will explore the role of businesses and the reuse economy in finding solutions to meet consumers’ changing needs in a world of limited resources.Furthermore, through concrete examples that include fighting food waste with circular economies and ways to successfully adopt circular business models, this session aims to draw up a roadmap for a successful transition.
As technology continues to advance at breakneck speed, countries are racing to the top with open data to drive digital innovation. Significant technological breakthroughs emerging on the world stage – including theInternet of Things (IoT), Innovation Culture Industry, Artificial intelligence(AI), to name but a few – are transforming the way societies function. Are you interested in discussing the convergence of new digital, biological, and physical technologies, green competitiveness, and the challenges and benefits of the 4th Industrial Revolution? – then this session is for you.Green Days 2020 is the meeting place for business leaders, researchers, developers, and practitioners from research institutes and industry, who are keen to discuss the dynamics of the emerging technology-driven change.Innovation and R&D are indispensable for a competitive advantage and economic growth, and the revolution’s rapid pace of change is driving us to reimagine development and to find ways to create an inclusive, sustainable, human-centred society.
Turning promises into action: Climate Promise 2030
The planet is getting warmer, and the evidence is striking. The year 2019was the second-hottest ever recorded, and the last five years have been the hottest in recorded history. Hurricanes, wildfires, and floods cost the world$150 billion in 2019, while losses to the economy and businesses are expected to increase because of a decade-long rise in natural catastrophes –directly linked to climate change.CO2 concentrations are now the highest they have been for at least 800,000 years, and although they have fallen significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic, this reduction will not last if governments do not start moving to cleaner energies.
To deliver on the Paris promise, countries need to revise their NDCs to meet stricter climate targets, thus ensuring that we have our emissions by 2030 and have carbon-neutral economies by 2050. In addition to introducing more ambitious emissions targets, the European Green Deal seeks to drive policy reforms to make Europe the front-runner in climate-friendly industries, green technologies, and green financing, while ensuring that no-one is left behind. Will the year 2020 see the Paris Agreement come to life?
Tourism 2020: planning recovery for the long term
The coronavirus crisis has severely affected the tourist industry but with the right measures in place to support the survival of the sector – tourism – as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Agenda will play a key role in future recovery plans and efforts. Although highly uncertain, the first projections from UNWTO suggest that international tourist arrivals will be down between 20%–30% in 2020 when compared with 2019’s figures, putting more than 100 million tourist jobs at risk globally. In Europe, which accounts for half of the world’s tourist arrivals, the situation is especially hard for those countries that are dependent on tourism. In the SEE region,Montenegro is among the most vulnerable to the pandemic’s fallout, mostly because it relies on tourism for two-fifths of its total current account receipts– by far the largest in Europe. Can accelerating progress towards the development of low-carbon tourism help countries recover sustainably, thus providing an opportunity to unlock lasting economic and social benefits?
CASE: Montenegro – Catalysing the development of low-carbon tourism