Forward-looking ideas are to be celebrated as the demand for sustainable solutions grows. By building sustainability into innovation, companies can create products, services, and processes that are good for both society and their business. Embracing sustainable innovation is vital for a company’s survival and growth. Bold transformation is required and sustainably-minded businesses are set to change the future.
Here are just some of the exciting areas of sustainable innovation we are proud to be working in.
Sustainable food sources
Future food technology, and the cellular agriculture movement in particular, has the potential to contribute meaningfully towards addressing the challenges we face as a growing population – from the environmental crisis to global threats to public health – in an ethical manner. We expect an explosion of patent filings as innovative companies in this space arrive at the solutions for bringing foodstuffs based on novel technologies to market. Read more on our Future Food spotlight page.
The circular plastics economy
To have a meaningful impact on reducing emissions we must push on all fronts utilising starting materials from sustainable sources, processing those materials using renewable energy, and seeking to maximise the value of those starting materials through incentivising reuse and recycling. Read more on our Polymers spotlight page.
Battery technology is going to play a vital role in the reduction of greenhouse emissions. Enabling this requires an amalgamation of innovative research; assistance and funding for commercialisation and government incentives. Read more on our Energy Storage spotlight page.
The potential of 2D materials is seemingly endless, with new uses and products appearing daily. New techniques, using alternative carbon sources, show the wide range of avenues still available for exploration. Whether through improving the reusability of waste products, reducing emissions, or removing pollutants, 2D materials such as graphene have a lot to offer emerging green technology. Read more on our 2D Materials spotlight page.
AI and IoT
The fourth industrial revolution is accelerating technological change at a previously unseen rate, with artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) at the forefront of the changes. These technologies are rapidly changing the way we live, and the way we interact with each other and our environment. They have a vital role to play in our pursuit for a more environmentally sustainable future. Read more of our blogs on this topic.
Increasing urbanisation and the growth of mega-cities provides the conditions for change in mobility patterns and practices. New ways of transporting people or products around cities are seen as vital with environmental concerns surrounding sustainability leading governments to encourage the introduction of cleaner technologies and more efficient use of the transport infrastructure. Read more on our Future Mobility spotlight page.