Sustainable healthcare technologies to fight COVID-19
COVID-19 confirms the crucial importance of sustainable healthcare systems and technologies in fighting this pandemic. At the same time, we need to reflect on the legal plausibility, ethical soundness and effectiveness of deploying emerging technologies under time pressure.
Four drivers for the success of the energy transition
The success of the energy transition will depend on the interaction between four different drivers: the integration of digital innovation into the energy system, the development of prosumer business models, regulatory frameworks and changes in human behaviour.
Circular economy as a vaccine against pandemics like COVID-19
We need a systemic shift of the consumption and production system. Eco-towns and eco-industrial parks are set to play an important role in advancing the 3R principles: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. A great example is the Japan’s eco-town programme.
Need for effective international technology cooperation
The 2020 edition of the G-STIC conference came at the right time to underline the urgency to identify integrated technological solutions and promote multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle the many challenges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
How to transition to a digital circular economy?
The circular economy is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal, while digital technologies are an enabler for upscaling the circular economy. But how are we going to get the transition towards the digital circular economy started concretely?
How desalination can help address the freshwater challenge
Fresh water is scarce. Seawater desalination is expected to play a vital role in limiting the gap between water demand and supply. Sixteen thousand desalination plants are currently estimated to be active, producing 95 billion litres of water per day for human use.