Sustainability

Call for game changing solutions for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021

WIPO Green is calling for game changing solutions for the UN Food Systems Summit, which will take place later this year. The summit is part of the larger process of pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, and has the ambitious objective of transforming the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food. The process is guided by five Action Tracks, and the Summit will bring together key players from the worlds of science, business, policy, healthcare, and academia, as well as farmers, indigenous people, youth organizations, consumer groups, environmental activists, and other key stakeholders. The first wave of callsfor solutions has been completed, and a second wave is now active, with a deadline of April 30th. If you are interested, and would like to know more or need assistance, you are welcome to contact Peter Oksen at WIPO GREEN (peter.oksen@wipo.int).

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Public–Private Partnerships for Climate Technology Transfer and Innovation: Lessons from the Climate Technology Centre and Network

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, and a number of other important agreements call on the United Nations (UN) to strengthen its relationship with the private sector in order to facilitate global action on climate change. The Technology Mechanism (TM), for example, anchored in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a key enabler for the attainment of the Goals of the Paris Agreement, growing interest in collaboration with the private sector has created new ambitions within the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

One of the primary reasons to pursue such increased engagement with the private sector is the importance of technology transfer: many of the technologies that can help mitigate climate change exist in various private companies, and sharing this technology safely and responsibly is key to using it on a large scale.  This paper reviews and analyses the role of the private sector in facilitating technology transfer that is undertaken as a part of CTCN’s provision of Technical Assistance. Based upon this analysis, several recommendations are made regarding how best to enhance public–private partnerships in order to strengthen private sector participation in climate technology transfer activities, and there is a special focus on technology–push and market–pull innovation.

 

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Solar Entrepreneurship Masterclass 12 May, 12pm GMT

On Wednesday, 12 May at 12pm GMT, Tony Tiyou, founder and CEO of Renewables in Africa, a clean energy engineering company and a media platform is presenting a workshop on how to become a solar developer and get funding.

Read the full story and register here. 

 

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The Role of Business Schools in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Beyond Quality Education

In this article, Sherif Kamel describes how business schools can help advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both through advocacy and through the revamping of their business and management education programs to include the study of businesses’ societal contexts.  The actions that Kamel describes include redesigning curricula, revisiting pedagogical approaches (including experiential learning), creating internships and co-op programs, identifying research endeavours and their policy implications, carefully selecting business partners and affiliations, diversifying extracurricular activities, integrating innovative technologies, investing in community development, and reconfiguring executive education.

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Innovation for Sustainable Food Production: Shiok Meats, Singapore

On the occasion of the WTO TRIPS Council online side event focusing on the intersection of innovation, IP and sustainability – which will take place on March 9 at 16:00 – we are re-posting some resources about IC member Shiok Meats. Shiok Meats is a Singaporean company that produces cell-based crustacean meat. Shiok Meats plans to bring healthy, nutritious, environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free crustacean meat to tables everywhere in the coming years, disrupting the global shrimp market which is worth an estimated 40b USD annually. This month marks the one-year anniversary since the Singaporean innovators introduced their first shrimp dumpling. Shrimp grown from cells has several advantages over wild caught shrimp or shrimp raised through aquaculture – notably in relation to health, environment, and labor impacts – but further innovation is required to bring down production costs. This is the goal of the team at Shiok Meats over the next 2-3 years.

Read more:

Shiok Meats Raises $4.6 Million Seed Round To Develop Cell-Based Shrimp

How artificial shrimps could change the world

Singapore’s Shiok Meats hopes to hook diners with lab-grown shrimp

Could ‘labriculture’ be the future of food?

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Swiss sustainability benchmark: a call for Swiss businesses

The Swiss Sustainability Benchmark enables companies to understand its impact on customers, employees, suppliers, the broader community and the environment against sustainability best practices. The companies can take the Swiss Sustainability B_enchmark survey to get a snapshot of their performance based on international standards developed by B Lab and contribute to a collective and transformative process.

Link to complete the Swiss Sustainability B_enchmark.

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100% Recyclable Wind Turbine Blades

Innovative industries are working on a more sustainable way to produce energy. One example is LM Wind Power, one of the world’s largest makers of blades for wind turbines. These blades are designed to last for more than 20 years, but what happens to them when they are done spinning? In the past, they ended up in landfills, lined up like dinosaur bones. LM Wind Power wants to change that. The company, which became carbon neutral in 2018, is working with the wind industry to come up with blades that could be 100% recyclable in the future.

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GM’s new electric vehicle in China

This Bloomberg article discusses the introduction of the General Motors Co. Hongguang MINI EV in China, a surprise hit that sells for less than $5,000.

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WIPO’s “Women in Green” Interviews

Earlier this year, WIPO launched a new interview series  – “Women in Green” – that highlights the experiences and impact of female green entrepreneurs. This interesting series features innovators from different regions, representing different types of eco-friendly solutions.  The public can nominate female innovators for future interviews. This is a great way to draw attention to achievements of women on the front line of innovation.

 

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