Addressing Climate Change
Climate change is a global crisis demanding swift and decisive action. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores the urgency of transitioning key sectors like energy, transportation and industry to curb global warming to 1.5°C.1
Achieving this goal requires reducing human-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, aiming for Net Zero.2
While the challenge is significant, a multitude of technological advancements already exists, with over 70% of current emissions being addressable through available solutions.3 Moreover, ongoing research and development efforts promise even more efficient and transformative technologies, setting the stage for a cleaner and more sustainable world.
Clean Air and Soil Restoration
Air and soil pollution are dire threats that necessitate immediate attention. Toxic emissions from combustion engines, fossil fuel power plants and industries contribute to air pollution, which accounts for 16% of global deaths.4 Meanwhile, soil pollution resulting from industrial by-products, agrochemicals and waste imperils soil quality, impacting the food security of nearly 40% of the world’s population.5 The good news is that we possess the tools to combat these issues. Technologies that mitigate pollution and promote circular economy principles are already proving effective, forming multi-billion-dollar industries poised for further expansion in the coming years.
Securing Clean Water
Despite progress in water quality and availability, a significant portion of the global population still lacks access to safe drinking water. The blue economy, including ocean-linked economic opportunities, is predicted to double from $USD 1.5 trillion in 2010, or 5% of global gross domestic product, to an estimated $USD 3 trillion by 2030.6
However, water-related initiatives have only received a small share of investment. Recognising the need for sustainable water resource management and marine conservation, the potential for investors in this sector remains promising over the long term.