Opportunities In Climate And Energy Innovation

Earth’s population is growing. The global economy is accelerating, and our need for energy will only increase. This puts immense pressure on the environment. To avoid ecological catastrophe, we must transition to clean and affordable energy and learn to reduce waste while adding sustainable value.

Climate-friendly innovation will help pave the way to a brighter future. Experimenting with green energy technology and implementing circular economy innovations will allow startups and investors to blaze new trails to tomorrow, seizing the exciting opportunities of the new as they go.

Humanity And Climate Change

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century. Strikingly, most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years.

Transform The System

An effective manufacturing and logistics system could save $982 billion by 2030. It also facilitates resource efficiency: energy savings of 5.3 billion MWh and fuel savings of 267 billion liters. Also, it could reduce 4 gigatons of CO₂ emission, equating to nearly 7 percent of global emissions in 2030.

Resource Usage

The world is already using approximately 1.5 planet’s worth of resources every year. Based on the current pace, we’ll consume three planets by 2050.

A Global Renewable Energy Transition

In 2016 we celebrated the third year in a row where global energy-related CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry remained stable, despite a 3% growth in the global economy and an increased demand for energy.

My conviction is that the combination of the right mindset, innovation and mobilizing a diverse ecosystem will make a valuable contribution to the climate. I’d like to invite you to discover and create inspiring and impactful solutions in the area of energy transition, circularity and digital in the accenture innovation awards 2018.

—Sander van der Heijden - Managing Director – Accenture


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