Innovation theme

Circular Economy

As the global economy grows, the pressure on the environment is increasing. How can we change our views on resources and reduce waste while adding value? By embracing cradle-to-cradle innovation.

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Innovation theme

Circular Economy

As the global economy grows, the pressure on the environment is increasing. How can we change our views on resources and reduce waste while adding value? By embracing cradle-to-cradle innovation.

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THE NETWORK SECTION

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Fostering cradle-to-cradle innovation

As we advance into an increasingly high-tech future, the global economy is consuming resources at a staggering pace. Meanwhile, both populations and overall prosperity are on the rise. We cannot rely on the linear economy to support this growth effectively.

Instead, we must focus on a circular approach: an ecosystem designed to reduce and reuse waste without compromising value. Innovators must lead the pack, with visionary innovations in cradle-to-cradle design thinking, recycling and waste management.

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THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY CONCEPTS

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THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY NEWS

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HEALTH &
WELLBEING

SEAMLESS
TRAVEL &
TRANSPORT

FUTURE
FOOD SOLUTIONS

CIRCULAR
ECONOMY

PERFECT
CITIES

FINANCIAL
SERVICES
REINVENTED

SAFE & SECURE
SOCIETY

DELIGHTFUL
CONSUMER
EXPERIENCE

CLEAN &
AFFORDABLE
ENERGY

INTELLIGENT
ENTERPRISE

SKILLS TO
SUCCEED

CORPORATE
INNOVATION

HEALTH & WELLBEING

FUTURE FOOD SOLUTIONS

PERFECT CITIES

SAFE & SECURE SOCIETY

CLEAN & AFFORDABLE ENERGY

SKILLS TO SUCCEED

SEAMLESS TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

FINANCIAL SERVICES REINVENTED

DELIGHTFUL CONSUMER EXPERIENCE

INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE

CORPORATE INNOVATION

Needed: a world without waste

Each year, we produce more than 2 billion metric tons of waste. That comes down to roughly 450 fully-loaded garbage trucks every minute. Alarmingly, the amount of urban waste is growing faster than the rate of urbanization. But these statistics are only based on our current population level. By 2025, the global costs of waste-related challenges are expected to rise to an estimated $275 billion.

It is plain to see that this is not sustainable. If we want to support growth responsibly and avert an economic and environmental catastrophe, we will need to radically rethink the way we deal with waste. We need innovative, cradle-to-cradle business models that either eliminate waste or reuse it as a resource. And we need them as soon as possible.

Innovative recycling and waste management

In the circular economy, waste does not exist. What we currently think of as waste will become just another resource for new processes and business models. In essence, the old paradigm’s trash is the new paradigm’s treasure.

This requires a fundamental change in the way we do business. We must not only develop innovative recycling and waste management techniques, but also embrace a different mindset. Cradle-to-cradle innovation is inherently disruptive, because our traditional systems simply cannot accommodate it. However, those innovators who rise to the occasion will find the numbers to be very much in their favor. After all, the circular economy offers a wealth of opportunities.

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The competition

Our innovation class of 2017 is now complete. We are proud to have over 750 of the best innovations joining the Innovation Awards 2017 competition and joining the network of game changers.

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