Nuova luce sulla qualità CRAI IBBA. Il CEDI Centro di Distribuzione di Tossilo (Macomer) per il food “secco” e grocery è la piattaforma logistica di distribuzione alimentare del Gruppo Ibba, al servizio dei punti vendita in Sardegna associati alle insegne CRAI, Leader Price, Centro Cash, Simply.
Fotovoltaico: Sugherificio Molinas raddoppia. A due anni di distanza dalla messa in attività del primo impianto fotovoltaico da 1 MW/p, il Sugherificio Peppino Molinas & Figli di Calangianus in Sardegna, avvalendosi nuovamente dell’affiancamento progettuale di Enrico Rainero SmartEfficiency, inizia l’installazione di un secondo impianto per la produzione di energia da fotovoltaico di potenza di 1 MW/p. (altro…)
Intelligence for better buildings: data from the ExcEED platform. Having comparable performance data coming from buildings that could be converted into information and useful knowledge would largely benefit key stakeholders of the building sector (building managers, designers and policy makers). The generated knowledge would improve existing and next generation buildings, thanks to the improved control, design and energy performance regulations generated.
The H2020 project ExcEED and its collaborative platform turn this into reality: as users add their buildings’ monitoring data, the intelligence embedded in the platform turns raw data into key performance indicators and geoclustered benchmarks, showing where to focus to improve the efficiency of buildings.
The key element of the platform is the user, through the data he or she provides to the platform, resulting in a more comprehensive analysis and benchmarking.
What kind of data is needed in ExcEED? What are they needed for and how are they processed?
The data required to use the ExcEED platform
The unique selling point of the ExcEED platform lies in its combination of metadata and measured data, combined with complex KPI algorithms and geoclustering tool.
Metadata provide an overall description of the building for which monitoring data will be uploaded.
They cover six categories:
– General information over the building (height, heated surface, percentage of glazing…)
– Heating and cooling system specification
– Renewable energy system specification
– Mechanical ventilation system specification
– Lighting values
– Environmental and energy performance certification
The measured data instead can be imported from a number of data sources including utility meters (usually provided by data collectors/aggregators), grid data (e.g. electricity market data from market operators), monitoring data stored in csv files.
When signing up to the ExcEED platform as a user, you first register your site(s), building(s) and devices, for which you will later manually input metadata and automatically upload monitoring data. You will get access to a user-friendly interface where your data can be uploaded with maximum safety. The user interface is divided in three sections:
1. The dashboard homepage section that shows you general information
2. The data section where data and metadata can be uploaded following the instructions
3. The analytics section where data is handled, processed and analysed
The data interface architecture was designed to be extensible and flexible to accept new data requirements, technologies and functionalities. That is why the data management within the platform includes a basic data integrity check, synchronization and aggregation engines designed to process any kind of data, from electrical, gas and water readings to any numeric readings such as operations and environmental data.
What are the data needed for?
The uploaded data feed into our knowledge base and analytics tool, designed to support you in assessing the energy performance of you building portfolio against a wide set of key performance metrics.
You, as user, will interact with the knowledge base to:
– Upload specific streams of time-series data (energy use, operations, environmental conditions, etc.);
– Review the performance of your building through the set of Key Performance Indicators enabled by the data you have uploaded;
– Run geo-clustering analysis on specific performance range you are interested in.
The breakdown analysis tool can be used to understand, extract, compare and visualize the monitoring data uploaded. The tool can be used to compare, for instance, simulated consumption for a certain building with the actual data collected. The breakdowns show your building’s energy use and associated cost, and benchmark it against the energy performance of similar buildings within the same climate zone, size, market or any other metric. You can calculate possible savings by discovering, increasing and decreasing trends over several time periods.
The operations analyser tool allows you to simulate behaviors by turning on and off the consumption in parts of the day. This way it is possible to estimate consumption and cost savings doing a what-if analysis. The tool is useful to quickly evaluate patterns of power consumption and when peak load happens. Through the platform, you are also able to set notifications and alerts in order to keep track of the consumption and cost. After a few weeks learning phase, the tool will alert you in case of abnormal values, while you activate sentinel notifications for your meters. Alert notifications are useful to detect data disruption, incomplete reporting, suboptimal operation of devices.
The ExcEED platform as a milestone to achieve EU energy targets
Moving from traditional offline analysis against outdated datasets to online analysis against continuously updated datasets spanning over buildings from many EU member states, the ExcEED platform paves the way for next-generation building energy performance analysis.
The ExcEED knowledge base was designed around innovative ways to allow users to continuously profile their building estate with information ranging from energy measurements, energy efficient renovations to business metrics and other construction conditions. In such a context, the Knowledge Base of the ExcEED platform plays a central role in enabling the operation of advanced analysis processes that are key to the success of the EU member states in complying with energy conservation targets set from 2020 onwards.
Now it’s up to you to make the most of the ExcEED tool by uploading your data to the platform and start using the benchmarking and clustering tools available. Ready to take the challenge? Register to the platform and upload your buildings data for free.
I DATI DALLA PIATTAFORMA EXCEED: INTELLIGENCE PER COSTRUIRE EDIFICI MIGLIORI
La disponibilità di dati comparabili relativi alle prestazioni degli edifici utili a dare maggiori informazioni sugli edifici stessi va a beneficio dei principali stakeholder del settore edilizio (gestori di edifici, progettisti, e politici). La maggiore conoscenza generata porterebbe a un migliaramento degli edifici esistenti e di quelli di nuova generazione, grazie al conseguente perfezionamento del controllo, della progettazione e del rendimento energetico.
Il progetto Horizon 2020 ExcEED e la sua piattaforma vanno in questa direzione. Man mano che gli utenti della piattaforma caricano i dati di monitoraggio dei loro edifici, possono poi trasformare grazie alle diverse funzioni della piattaforma i dati grezzi in indicatori di performance (KPI) e fare benchmark, e quindi comprendere le condizioni necessarie per migliorare l’efficienza degli edifici.
L’elemento chiave della piattaforma è l’utente che, attraverso i dati che carica sulla piattaforma, puo’ ottenere analisi e benchmark più completi.
Che tipo di dati sono necessari in ExcEED? A cosa servono e come vengono elaborati?
I dati necessari per utilizzare la piattaforma ExcEED
Il punto di forza della piattaforma ExcEED e’ nella combinazione di metadati e dati misurati, utilizzati per il calcolo di specifici KPI e per i benchmarks.
I metadati caratterizzano alcuni attributi dell’edificio per il quale verranno caricati i dati di monitoraggio.
Essi si suddividono in sei categorie:
– Informazioni generali sull’edificio (altezza, superficie riscaldata, percentuale di vetrate….)
– Specifiche del sistema di riscaldamento e raffreddamento
– Specifiche del sistema di energia rinnovabile
– Specifiche del sistema di ventilazione meccanica
– Valori di illuminazione
– Certificazione ambientale ed energetica
I dati misurati possono invece essere dati importati da una serie di fonti, dai contatori (di solito forniti da raccoglitori/aggregatori di dati), da sistemi di rete (ad esempio i dati dell’elettricità provenienti dagli operatori di mercato), e da strumenti di monitoraggio (e memorizzati in file CSV).
Quando un utente si iscrive alla piattaforma ExcEED, inserisce i primi edifici e i dispositivi di monitoraggio, per i quali indica poi manualmente i metadati e carica automaticamente i dati di monitoraggio. L’utente avrà accesso a un’interfaccia di facile utilizzo, dove i dati possono essere caricati in piena sicurezza.
L’interfaccia utente è divisa in tre sezioni:
1. La homepage che mostra informazioni generali.
2. La sezione dati dove è possibile caricare dati e metadati seguendo le istruzioni.
3. La sezione analitica in cui i dati sono trattati, elaborati e analizzati.
L’architettura dell’interfaccia dati è stata progettata per essere adeguata a possibili nuovi requisiti, tecnologie e funzionalità dei dati. La gestione dei dati all’interno della piattaforma include un controllo di integrità di base e motori di sincronizzazione e aggregazione progettati per elaborare qualsiasi tipo di dati, dalle misurazioni di elettricità, gas e acqua a qualsiasi valore numerico, come le operazioni e i dati ambientali.
A cosa servono i dati?
I dati caricati confluiscono nello strumento knowledge base and analytics, progettato per supportare l’utente a confrontare le prestazioni energetiche del suo portfolio di edifici in relazione agli indicatori di performance selezionati.
L’utente interagirà con lo strumento per:
– Caricare flussi di dati relativi a serie temporali (consumo energetico, funzionamento, condizioni ambientali, ecc.);
– Esaminare le prestazioni del suo edificio tramite gli indicatori di performance;
– Eseguire analisi di geo-clustering sull’intervallo di interesse specifico.
Lo strumento breakdown può essere invece utilizzato per capire, estrarre, confrontare e visualizzare i dati misurati caricati. Puó essere usato, per esempio, per confrontare i consumi previsti di un determinato edificio con i dati effettivamente raccolti. Le tabelle generate mostrano il consumo energetico dell’edificio dell’utente con i costi associati e lo confrontano con le prestazioni energetiche di edifici simili all’interno della stessa zona climatica, dimensione, mercato o qualsiasi altra caratteristica specifica. È possibile calcolare i risparmi aumentando e diminuendo i valori in diversi periodi di tempo.
Lo strumento operations analyser permette di simulare le performance dell’edificio aumentando e riducendo il consumo di energia in alcuni momenti della giornata. In questo modo è possibile stimare i consumi e i risparmi sui costi tramite un’analisi “what-if”. Lo strumento è utile per valutare rapidamente gli andamenti di consumo energetico e quando si verificano dei picchi di carico. Attraverso la piattaforma, inoltre, è possibile impostare notifiche e avvisi per tenere traccia dei consumi e dei costi. Dopo una fase di raccolta dati di alcune settimane, lo strumento avviserà l’utente in caso di valori anomali, attivando le notifiche per i contatori. Le notifiche di allerta sono utili per rilevare interruzioni dei dati, segnalazioni incomplete, o un funzionamento non ottimale dei dispositivi.
La piattaforma ExcEED: una pietra miliare per il raggiungimento degli obiettivi energetici dell’UE
La piattaforma ExcEED propone nuovi processi di valutazione delle performance di edifici, in particolare quelli di nuova generazione in molti stati membri dell’UE permettendo di passare da analisi “offline” tradizionali di dati obsoleti all’analisi online di dati continuamente aggiornati.
L’interfaccia ExcEED è stata progettata in modo innovativo per consentire agli utenti di tracciare continuamente il profilo del proprio patrimonio edilizio con informazioni che vanno dalle misurazioni energetiche, alle ristrutturazioni ad alta efficienza energetica, alle metriche aziendali e altre condizioni di costruzione. In tale contesto, la Knowledge Base della piattaforma ExcEED svolge un ruolo centrale nel consentire il funzionamento di analisi avanzate, fondamentali per il raggiungimento degli obiettivi di risparmio energetico, dal 2020 in poi, da parte degli stati membri dell’UE .
Siete pronti a sfruttare al meglio ExcEED caricando i vostri dati sulla piattaforma e iniziando a utilizzare gli strumenti di benchmarking e clustering disponibili? Inizia la nuova sfida con ExcEED!
Registrati alla piattaforma ,carica i dati dei tuoi edifici, e fai le analisi per capire la performance del tuo edificio. La piattaforma e’ GRATIS e aperta a tutti!
– BYinnovation è Media Partner di BPIE
Distorsioni pro grandi energetiche. ITALIA SOLARE ha inviato una lettera all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Agcom) e per conoscenza all’Agenzia delle Entrate per chiedere che vengano valutati ed eliminati gli elementi distorsivi di mercato contenuti nell’articolo 10, comma 3 ter, del cosiddetto Decreto Crescita.
Il testo ha infatti introdotto per gli interventi di vendita e installazione di impianti fotovoltaici residenziali la possibilità della cessione ai fornitori del credito IRPEF per la detrazione fiscale da parte dei clienti. In questo modo i fornitori, a seguito di acquisizione del credito di imposta, potranno portare in compensazione il credito acquisito con le proprie imposte in 10 quote annuali o ricederlo ai fornitori indiretti.
In particolare, l’associazione sollecita Agcom affinché evidenzi al Governo e al Parlamento gli effetti distorsivi dell’Articolo 10 comma 3 ter del DL Crescita poiché il meccanismo avvantaggia i grandi operatori a discapito dei piccoli e medi che operano solamente nel settore del fotovoltaico che non hanno capienza per la compensazione.
La capienza, infatti, vi può essere solo per quelle imprese che traggono la maggior parte dei loro proventi da attività diverse dalla vendita di impianti fotovoltaici.
“La norma – scrive l’associazione – introduce dunque un elemento fortemente distorsivo della concorrenza, in quanto garantisce ‘incentivi’ e opportunità di mercato di fatto fruibili solo da operatori di grandi dimensioni e non focalizzati sul business fotovoltaico, penalizzando diversamente tutti gli altri operatori e la quasi totalità dell’attuale filiera di vendita degli impianti fotovoltaici residenziali”.
Il Provvedimento Attuativo del comma 3 ter dell’articolo 10 (prot. n. 660057/2019 del 31 luglio 2019) dell’Agenzia delle Entrate, ricorda l’associazione, ha rimosso per i soggetti cessionari del credito derivante dalle detrazioni fiscali i limiti quantitativi alla compensazione dei crediti fiscali, previsti dalle leggi vigenti.
Tale provvedimento ha così permesso ai grandi gruppi industriali del settore energia di fare un uso illimitato del beneficio, possibilità evidentemente preclusa alle piccole e medie imprese. ITALIA SOLARE chiede quindi ad Agcom di verificare se l’interpretazione corretta dell’Articolo 10 comma 3 ter del DL Crescita comporta il mantenimento dei limiti esistenti alla compensazione dei crediti fiscali, ivi incluso il limite annuale di 700mila euro all’importo delle imposte, tasse e contributi compensabili, considerato anche l’impatto sulla concorrenza e segnalarlo all’Agenzia delle Entrate.
Infine l’associazione nella sua lettera chiede che vengano valutate azioni per evitare che società direttamente e indirettamente partecipate dal Ministero per l’Economia e le Finanze si trovino in situazioni di vantaggio competitivo rispetto agli altri operatori.
ITALIA SOLARE è un’associazione di promozione sociale che sostiene la difesa dell’ambiente e della salute umana supportando modalità intelligenti e sostenibili di produzione, stoccaggio, gestione e distribuzione dell’energia attraverso la generazione distribuita da fonti rinnovabili, in particolare fotovoltaico. Promuove inoltre la loro integrazione con le smart grid, la mobilità elettrica e con le tecnologie per l’efficienza energetica per l’incremento delle prestazioni energetiche degli edifici.
“ITALIA SOLARE è l’unica associazione in Italia dedicata esclusivamente al fotovoltaico e alle integrazioni tecnologiche per la gestione intelligente dell’energia”.
ITALIA SOLARE conta oltre 700 soci: operatori, proprietari e gestori di impianti fotovoltaici, installatori, progettisti e semplici sostenitori. L’associazione opera attraverso 8 gruppi di lavoro: Relazioni istituzionali; Sviluppo tecnologico e normative; Marketing e comunicazione; Fiscalità; Finanza; Relazioni internazionali; Mercato elettrico; Legislativo e regolatorio.
TOUR 2019 – 13 tra convegni e workshop, 7 webinar, oltre 80 relatori e 3mila operatori partecipanti, sono i numeri dell’edizione 2019 del Tour di ITALIA SOLARE che con appuntamenti in tutta Italia si rivolge a operatori del settore, PMI, investitori e pubblica amministrazione. Temi dell’edizione di quest’anno sono normativa, tecnologia, sviluppo di mercato e nuovi modelli di business del fotovoltaico.
Refrigerazione scottante attualità: luglio, agosto, si rincorre l’emergenza. Ma i consumi di tutto l’anno? SmartEfficiency per centrali frigo BT e TN, cuore di retail, logistiche, farmaceutici, alimentari, ristorazione, produzioni plastiche, trattamenti metallici.
Solar, Wind, Batteries to Attract $10 Trillion to 2050, but curbing emissions long-term will require other technologies too. Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF).
In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector contributes its share toward keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. (Importantly, major progress in de-carbonization will also be required in other segments of the world’s economy to address climate change).
Each year, NEO compares the costs of competing energy technologies through a levelized cost of energy analysis. This year, the report finds that, in approximately two-thirds of the world, wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power-generating capacity. Electricity demand is set to increase 62%, resulting in global generating capacity almost tripling between 2018 and 2050.
This will attract $13.3 trillion in new investment, of which wind will take $5.3 trillion and solar $4.2 trillion. In addition to the spending on new generating plants, $840 billion will go to batteries and $11.4 trillion to grid expansion.
NEO starts by analyzing technology trends and fuel prices to build a least cost view of the changing electricity sector. The results show coal’s role in the global power mix falling from 37% today to 12% by 2050 while oil as a power-generating source is virtually eliminated. Wind and solar grow from 7% of generation today to 48% by 2050.
The contributions of hydro, natural gas, and nuclear remain roughly level on a percentage basis.
Matthias Kimmel, NEO 2019 lead analyst, said: “Our power system analysis reinforces a key message from previous New Energy Outlooks – that solar photovoltaic modules, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries are set to continue on aggressive cost reduction curves, of 28%, 14% and 18% respectively for every doubling in global installed capacity. By 2030, the energy generated or stored and dispatched by these three technologies will undercut electricity generated by existing coal and gas plants almost everywhere.”
The projected growth of renewables through 2030 indicates that many nations can follow a path for the next decade and a half that is compatible with keeping the increase in world temperatures to 2 degrees or less. And they can do this without introducing additional direct subsidies for existing technologies such as solar and wind.
“The days when direct supports such as feed-in tariffs are needed are coming to an end,” said Elena Giannakopoulou, head of energy economics at BNEF. “Still, to achieve this level of transition and de-carbonization, other policy changes will be required – namely, the reforming of power markets to ensure wind, solar, and batteries are remunerated properly for their contributions to the grid. NEO is fundamentally policy-agnostic, but it does assume that markets operate rationally and fairly to allow lowest-cost providers to win.”
Europe will decarbonize its grid the fastest with 92% of its electricity supplied by renewables in 2050. Major Western European economies in particular are already on a trajectory to significantly decarbonize thanks to carbon pricing and strong policy support. The U.S., with its abundance of low-priced natural gas, and China, with its modern fleet of coal-fired plants, follow at a slower pace.
China sees its power sector emissions peaking in 2026, and then falling by more than half in the next 20 years. Asia’s electricity demand will more than double to 2050. At $5.8 trillion, the whole Asia Pacific region will account for almost half of all new capital spent globally to meet that rising demand. China and India together are a $4.3 trillion investment opportunity.
The U.S. will see $1.1 trillion invested in new power capacity, with renewables more than doubling its generation share, to 43% in 2050.
The outlook for global emissions and keeping temperature increases to 2 degrees or less is mixed, according to this year’s NEO. On the one hand, the build-out of solar, wind and batteries will put the world on a path that is compatible with these objectives at least until 2030. On the other hand, a lot more will need to be done beyond that date to keep the world on that 2 degree path.
One reason is that wind and solar will be capable of reaching 80% of the electricity generation mix in a number of countries by mid-century, with the help of batteries, but going beyond that will be difficult and will require other technologies to play a part – with nuclear, biogas-to-power, green hydrogen-to-power and carbon capture and storage among the contenders.
BNEF’s NEO director, Seb Henbest commented: “Our analysis suggests that governments need to do two separate things – one is to ensure their markets are friendly to the expansion of low-cost wind, solar and batteries; and the other is to back research and early deployment of these other technologies so that they can be harnessed at scale from the 2030s onwards.”
In NEO 2019, BNEF for the first time considers 100% electrification of road transport and the heating of residential buildings, leading to a significant expansion of power generation’s role.
Under this projection, overall electricity demand would grow by a quarter compared to a future in which road transport and residential heat only electrify as far as assumed in the main NEO scenario. Total generation capacity in 2050 would have to be three times the size of what is installed today. Overall, electrifying heat and transport would lower economy-wide emissions, saving 126GtCO2 between 2018 and 2050.
NEO 2019 is the result of a detailed study of the outlook for energy demand and supply, country-by-country, conducted by 65 BNEF analysts around the world. It draws on BNEF’s market-leading work on the evolving economics of different generation sources.
Recyclability rigid packaging. Manufacturers urged to adopt new guidelines for recyclability of household rigid packaging. WRAP, which manages The UK Plastics Pact, has published guidance that sets out which plastics used in household packaging are currently classed as ‘recyclable’. It provides direction to packaging designers and specifiers, setting out a ‘best in class’ vision for design, including targets for recycled content.
Through consultation with industry, WRAP has identified what types of plastic packaging are actually recycled, at scale and in practice, and are therefore defined as ‘recyclable’. The On-Pack Labelling Scheme (OPRL) is anticipated to adopt what is classed as ‘recyclable’ under The UK Plastics Pact when it updates its guidance later in 2019.
The document highlights a preference for clear PET (often used for drinks bottles and trays), on the basis that the end market for this material is significantly higher and by using ‘clear’, there is the greatest potential for it to be used back, ideally into plastic packaging.
When it comes to colour, only those that can be sorted in the recycling processes using near-infra red technology will be deemed recyclable. WRAP plans to publish further guidance on this in the coming months, specifically in relation to new near-infra-red (NIR) detectable black plastics.
Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP UK, launched the guidance at today’s Packaging News Environmental Packaging Summit and said: “If plastic is recyclable, and clearly labelled as such, we stand a far greater chance of keeping that plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment. We also know from recent research that citizens want to see packaging that is 100% recyclable, which they can recycle at home.* By rationalising the number of polymers used in packaging, we can develop a more efficient recycling system, and reduce confusion for citizens.
“Through The UK Plastics Pact we are working at pace with our members to respond to this, and ensure that all plastic packaging is re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. This new guidance is a significant milestone in our journey towards reaching that target.
“Businesses that specify, design and produce plastic packaging will be able to draw on this resource for best practise guidance in selecting plastic polymers which are recyclable, while retaining the important protective properties that packaging has. While some plastics are classed as recyclable, there is a need to move beyond this, ideally selecting polymers which have a greater recyclability potential than others. In doing so it will help us to achieve other Pact targets, notably to achieve an average of 30% recycled content across all pack formats.”
Users of the guidance will find ‘best in class’ polymer choices for individual packaging types to guarantee recyclability. For example, for plastic food and drink bottles, the guidance explains:
– Best in class material choice – for the bottle, cap and sleeve
– Best in class colour choice
– Labelling recommendations
– The rationale behind these recommendations
While the scope of the guidance is currently rigid plastic packaging – bottles, pots tubs and trays – it will be updated in the future to include films and flexibles.
The classifications of what is recyclable do not yet include compostable plastics. WRAP believes similar principles should be applied to these types of plastics, with a need to demonstrate that the materials are actually composted in current infrastructure. Further guidance on this is expected over the summer.
Raising 2030 SDG ambition. Held on the sidelines of the High-Level Political Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York, the SDG Media Zone engages experts, innovators, content creators, young leader, and personalities to highlight actions and solutions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Day 2 was filled with engaging panels covering a broad range of topics including sustainable cities, poverty, plastic, Small Island Developing States, Peace and Justice, and much more. Our special guest, Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, discusses the slow progress made in achieving the SDGs and the way forward. Whether you were able to join us or not, you can learn more about today’s panels and watch them here.
Our only Future – Private Sector and Climate Action
According to Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require drastic action, including by the private sector. Lise Kingo, CEO of UN Global Compact, stresses how important it is to have concrete examples of good practices. Similarly, Ann Rosenberg from SAP Next-Gen touches upon the need for new ideas and new ways of doing business.
Preview of 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index
Pedro Conceição, the Head of the Human Development Report Office at the UN Development Programme, presents the Preview of the 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index and discusses how it can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Unlike other reports, the index assesses progress on various dimensions of poverty at the country level while also looking at how multidimensional poverty varies within a country, revealing huge inequalities between the poorest and the wealthiest people. This data can help design policies tailored to specific regions and tackle poverty more effectively.
Inclusive Cities, Sustainable Communities
More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities – by 2030, this number will rise to 60 per cent. To foster inclusive and sustainable cities, Maruxa Cardama, Chair of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference highlights the importance of giving youths a voice and also a role to play. Similarly, Steve Chiu, the Youth Representative of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, highlights youth empowerment as a way of creating inclusive societies. Glocha Youth Representative Ali Mustafa further explores how to give youths opportunities for meaningful engagement in these inclusive and sustainable systems.
Planet or Plastic
Following a field expedition in India, Heather Koldewey, co-lead of the National Geographic Society’s Plastic Work and Sara Hylton, an award-winning photographer from National Geographic explain that people are unable to make the connection between dumping plastic into rivers and the impact on ocean pollution. Heather Koldewey stresses that while people do see plastic as an issue, it has become so ubiquitous that they can’t see any alternatives.
A Conversation with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
With regard to the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed says that while progress is slow, people are engaged, partnerships are being forged and young people are involved. She reminds us that most countries are committed to tackling global warming and that even where national governments are not, subnational governments and citizens continue to take action. Responding to climate change will be paramount as all the Sustainable Development Goals are intertwined and cannot be achieved individually.
Future of Small Island Developing States
What is the priority for Small Island developing states? According to Courtenay Rattray, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, small islands face challenges in all of the Sustainable Development Goals. Low economic growth is leading to youth unemployment as well as brain drain. Congressman Jerry Tardieu adds that in order to create jobs for the youth, small islands need to think outside of the box and create partnerships. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, addresses how some of the existing partnerships between these developing states and other countries can help small islands overcome their vulnerabilities.
Investing in family-friendly policies: Why it’s a price we can afford
The chief of Early Childhood Development at UNICEF, Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, discusses the numerous benefits of investing in family-friendly policies and moving from maternal to parental needs. Laura Turquet, Manager of the World’s Women Progress Report from UN Women notes that while families can be a place for girls to strive; it can also be a place of sexism and discrimination. By investing in family-friendly policies, governments have the potential to reduce gender inequalities and drive progress on the SDGs.
Peace and Justice: Launch of SDG 16+ Report
Charles Chauvel from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reveals that the most important finding from the SDG 16+ Report is that the implementation of SDG 16 can only be achieved through a collective effort with the private and public sector, academia, civil society, and more. Similarly, Ana Carolina, 16×16 Youth Advocate, stresses the importance of putting youths at the centre of discussions on peace to gain a different understanding of the challenges and issues that people may face. The Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Alan George, highlights how justice needs to be modernized to be more engaging and consistent.
Angry Birds for UN Act Now Climate Campaign
Tolu Olubunmi from the UN Department of Global Communications unveils the partnership between the UN ActNow Climate Campaign and the Movie Angry Birds 2. Present on stage, Red the Angry Bird joins forces with one his archenemies, a green pig to stress the importance of collective action and behavioural change in the fight against climate change.
SDG Book Club
Singer, songwriter, and storyteller Ari Afsar engages with young children through a fun and interactive story-telling session. Along with other books handpicked by the SDG Bookclub, ‘Thank You Omu’ gives children a fresh perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Transforming Sustainable Business. How next practices in sustainability can unlock opportunity. Climate change, unfair labor practices, corruption and other sustainability issues have become daily fixtures in newspaper headlines—and are rapidly taking their place alongside financial targets as top CEO priorities. Yet, the more that leaders work toward their early sustainability commitments, the more they discover how much further they need to go to prepare for a future where competitiveness and sustainability are inseparable. As sustainability best practices become more widely adopted, pioneering firms are taking a giant leap. They are pursuing the next practices that will allow them to achieve step changes in their business while helping to deliver a truly sustainable next economy. We believe that those who move first will unlock significant business benefits.
A truly sustainable economy will look different depending on your industry.
In agriculture, it will mean poverty elimination in smallholder farmer communities, increased productivity to keep up with a growing population and environmentally restorative practices.
For automotive companies, it will likely mean full adoption of autonomous vehicles fueled by clean energy, with a sharing model allowing high vehicle utilization.
In finance, the investor community will fully integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into its investing approach.
There is no question that sustainability is moving up on the corporate agenda.
When Bain & Company surveyed 297 global companies, 81% said sustainability is more important to their business today than it was five years ago, and 85% believe that it will be even more important in five years. The evidence is everywhere. Sustainability is now incorporated into two-thirds of companies’ core missions. Signatories of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment now represent over half of the world’s institutional assets, and major investors like BlackRock are calling for companies to serve a social purpose.
Yet even as awareness grows and industries respond, companies realize that their efforts to date are just a drop in the bucket compared with what is required and the potential value at stake.
Among companies surveyed, 99% believe we need to either maintain a fast pace of progress or increase the pace of progress. These companies recognize that our current trajectory will have immense human and financial costs. Consider that recent reports predict a paltry 5% chance of meeting the Paris Agreement targets for emissions reduction. Or that by 2025, two-thirds of the global population could be living under water-stressed conditions, and that 700 million people may be displaced due to water scarcity by 2030.
Further, the aging workforce combined with the oncoming automation wave will create challenging labor markets and rising income inequality in future decades, according to recent Bain research (see “Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality“). On the other hand, these daunting forecasts also contain huge opportunities for companies that pursue solutions. For example, the Business & Sustainable Development Commission estimates that meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals could generate $12 trillion in business savings and revenue, and create 380 million jobs, by 2030.
How will businesses respond?
Some companies are less advanced on this journey, still focusing on the basics of their sustainability strategies and the early stages of implementation. Based on our research and work with clients, however, sustainability leaders1—as well as followers looking to leapfrog to the top—will increasingly adopt six “next practices” to turbocharge both sustainability and business success (see Figure 1).
Using “future back” thinking to create transformative ambitions.
Setting targets from a baseline is an important part of making progress, and many companies with unambitious goals could benefit from stretching them. But instead of making incremental improvements, leaders will take a more transformational approach by thinking from the future back.
What do we mean by that?
They will create a vision of what their future will look like in a truly sustainable economy and then craft an objective to fit that vision. In fact, the share of companies that have adopted a truly transformative sustainability aspiration will nearly triple over the next five years, from 9% to 26%, according to our survey (see Figure 2). These companies will follow the lead of trailblazers like Tesla, which envisioned a long-term global need for sustainable vehicles and energy, adopted a mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” and built a business model to meet that aspiration. Interface, the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, set an ambition in 1994 to turn a petroleum-intensive business into the first environmentally sustainable, and ultimately restorative, company. It has since been exploring radical product innovations and business model changes to help it achieve its “Mission Zero” by 2020.
Making “sustainable” irresistible for customers.
Over the next five years, customer loyalty and revenue generation will replace public reputation and cost savings as the primary drivers for sustainability action among leaders, according to our survey. Today, the most commonly cited barrier to success is low customer willingness to pay for sustainable goods. But forward-thinking companies aren’t deterred by this obstacle. They are expanding their reach beyond a niche group of customers by making sustainability part of a holistic value proposition, using innovation to create attractive product attributes, such as price savings, customer service or performance, that are complemented by sustainability.
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