On October 28th we launched our report "TOWARDS NET ZERO" on a special event in Hamburg together with our partners from Amplifier.
The event featured talks by Simon Schofield from Bar Technologies presenting a concept for containerized energy and sails for cargo ships, Peter Due from Yara Birekland, presenting an advanced study for autonomous shipping, Roy Campe from CMB talking about soon-to-come hydrogen engines and Ulf Kanne from Transport Transformation discussing financial structures for advancing innovation.
In our presentation we discussed the results of our study where we distilled three areas for action that we need to do today, based on interviewing over thirty experts from the maritime industry over the last months, going through dozens of reports and evaluating a range of business cases:
The transition to zero-carbon fuels will certainly be challenging. Essentially, it requires building entirely new value chains from fuel supply to new shipping engines as well as the supporting financing and business models – all within the coming 10-15 years.
At the same time, there is great opportunity, not only to radically improve the environmental footprint of shipping, but also economically. One of our interview partners said that he sees the North and Baltic Sea region as the ‘Silicon Valley of zero-emission technologies’ for the shipping sector. We think the ingredients are all there – a strong ecosystem of all relevant players across the value chain, organizations and individuals willing and capable to take on the challenge and supportive financial institutions and regulators.
The excitement for innovation was tangible at the engaged discussion with participants from industry, think tanks and regulators - now we need to use this momentum to develop pilot projects.
Sustec/sus.lab hosts an expert workshop on the topic of digitalization in the building sector
The Energieschweiz project "Business Models for Digital Innovations in the Building Sector” addresses the question of how successful business models for digital technologies should be in the building sector and what role can they play in driving sustainability.
The aim of the workshop was to present the preliminary findings of a report our team has been working on for the past 8 months and engage experts in discussing the current and potential role of digital technologies in the building sector. With a group of experts with academic, industrial and administrative backgrounds, our team was able to collect valuable insights that will be used as deliverables and to guide the remaining work.
During the upcoming months, we plan to conduct a case study-based analysis to explain why certain business models for digital technologies result in successful commercialization. Based on the results, this study will provide suggestions for the economy and policy makers while informing the broader public about digitization in the building sector.
Sus.lab developed a sustainability strategy with the Schweizer Salinen based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
We recently completed a project with the Schweizer Salinen, developing a sustainability masterplan with the entire management and executive team.
Schweizer Salinen is a medium-sized company that produces around 600,000 tons of salt, covering the entire demand of Switzerland. To become a sustainability pioneer in the Salt business, Schweizer Salinen recognized the need to consider more sustainability aspects than just conserving energy.
The project started out with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to ensure a holistic approach on sustainability. We guided the collaborative project where over 300 ideas were brainstormed and prioritized in workshops with the management team of Schweizer Salinen. Finally, 20 precise actions were chosen which address environmental as well as social aspects. Some environmental measures include closing the loop on water use or using the large roofs of the production plants to produce solar power, to capture water, or for vertical cultivation. The social projects concern gender equality or the health and well-being of employees, for example by encouraging them to come to work by bike.
The project video can be found here.
Besides energy, plastics is one of the first industries tackling the question on how to transform an entire value chain to de-carbonize and close material loops. Creating a success case and deriving best practices would offer a much needed blueprint for action.
Packaging accounts for almost half of global polymer consumption (44.8% between 2002 and 2014). Just a minority of this amount however is fit for recycling. Flexible packaging is generally showing a lower recycling performance than other packaging. As part of a joint effort to collect information in support of a flexible packaging barrier analysis, the CEFLEX Consortium and SusTec have joined forces. To increase the recycling rate, the cross value chain consortium CEFLEX was founded, consisting of 70+ industry partners, including materials and packaging producers, consumer brands, retailers and recyclers. The consortium is working towards a 2025 goal of establishing collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure as well as design solutions for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe.
As part of the analysis, researchers will conduct interviews covering more than 25 companies as well as policymakers and regulatory agencies. The objective of the analysis is to derive technical, economic, regulatory and environmental recommendations. The project is co-funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (ClimateKic).
Inese completed her B.A. and M.A. in International Relations and Political Economy in the UK. She has worked in the public sector with the World Trade Organization in Geneva, as well as in the private sector with McKinsey & Company for two years, mainly developing strategy for healthcare and pharma companies in Switzerland.
More than 50 company representatives from all across Switzerland and Germany gathered at the Vögeli AG "Product 5.0" event to discuss the future of today’s products.
sus.lab held a “hands-on” workshop to discover circular business opportunities and give participants a chance to experience how cross-value chain collaboration can lead to new ideas for circularity. Five groups explored circular business models for a range of products, namely a circular floor, packaging of Bircher Musli, food waste in hotels and laundry management in hospitals. Using the ReSOLVE framework from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation the participants identified opportunities across the entire product life cycle and finally presented their best ideas.
Besides business ideas, the workshop also provoked deep discussions about how business and the planet can be aligned – and turned out to be a lot of fun according to participants.