G-STIC 2018

Key conference findings

Integrated technological solutions that can substantially contribute to the achievement of the SDGs exist today. Policy action is however urgently needed to bring these solutions to the market & deploy them at scale.

Innovative technological solutions are often not sufficiently deployed on a global scale

Innovative, market-ready, integrated technological solutions that can substantially contribute to the achievement of the SDGs exist today. However, these technologies are often not sufficiently deployed on a global scale to have any lasting impact on the achievement of the SDGs. This is because policy and decision makers are often not aware of their existence, do not fully recognise their potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs or lack the political will to implement them. Policy action is therefore urgently needed to bring these solutions to the market and have them deployed at scale.

G-STIC 2018 identified clusters of urgent actions that the international community, national policy and decision makers, investors, civil society and entrepreneurs should consider.

G-STIC 2018 identified 6 clusters of urgent actions

Bring pilots to the attention of policy makers and civil society

Pilots need to be brought to the attention of policy makers and civil society to make the case for their economic, financial and social feasibility and their potential to substantially contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Further work is needed to test market-ready innovative technologies at scale, with the possibility to fail fast and improve thereafter.

New legislation and regulation to create enabling environments

New legislation and regulation are required to create the enabling environment for innovative technological solutions to be deployed at scale. This includes for example, changes in taxes, tariffs and incentive structures, amendments in regulation, standards and norms to support the creation of new products and new markets as well as cooperation across government departments (energy, water, agriculture) and across traditional sectors (water, energy, food).

De-risk private investments

Public money must be used better to de-risk private investments in new technologies and to establish new asset classes.

Do-able technological roadmaps that look across sectors

Do-able technological roadmaps need to be created that look across traditional sectors and take a holistic approach to economic transitions towards more sustainable economic and societal production and consumption models.

Demand for new products needs to be created

Demand for new products emanating from innovative technological solutions needs to be created, actively contributing to the creation of a circular economy with new markets and new values for materials that are currently considered as waste or nuisance.

Governance models to guide change, perception & behaviour

Governance models must be created to guide social change, human perception and behaviour so that technological innovation can go hand in hand with social and economic innovation. This requires a clear strategy on how to govern the transition process from different perspectives. Citizens need to be engaged, informed and involved from the very start.

Chairperson summary

This Chairperson Summary reports on the Key Findings for each of the thematic clusters, the cross-cutting themes and on the two themes during the G-STIC 2018 Industry Night (CO2 and Bamboo as alternative, applicable major resources).

Along with the established communities of practitioners, this summary provides an excellent starting point to ensure that the messages of G-STIC 2018 are heard by policy makers and industry leaders alike, and to prepare G-STIC 2019.

Chairperson summary

This Chairperson Summary reports on the Key Findings for each of the thematic clusters, the cross-cutting themes and on the two themes during the G-STIC 2018 Industry Night (CO2 and Bamboo as alternative, applicable major resources).

Along with the established communities of practitioners, this summary provides an excellent starting point to ensure that the messages of G-STIC 2018 are heard by policy makers and industry leaders alike, and to prepare G-STIC 2019.

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