From global sustainability risks to business opportunities

We have just received the UN risk report, telling us that we have less than 12 years to cut global CO2 emissions in two. Further, there are a lot of discussions of climate risk in the financial sector now. This is important, and it is needed. We face unprecedented challenges, and we are in a... Continue Reading →

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The future of food – decoupling food from the environment

Last week I attended the the first Nordic Singularity University Summit in Stockholm, where I came to hear a brilliant speaker - Dr. Lauri Reuter (Singularity U Nordic Faculty and senior specialist disruptive technologies) - talk about the future of food. It gave some interesting and additional perspectives on how we will produce food in the future, and not at... Continue Reading →

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Never stop talking about what is utopian. What is utopian today can be the solution tomorrow, because things change so fast. Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Center)

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10 ways AI can help fight climate change

In a recent report, AI researchers (among them Andrew Ng, the cofounder of Google Brain) suggest 13 areas where machine learning and artificial intelligence can intervene to fight climate change. This range from electricity systems, discovering new materials to supporting precision farming and energy efficiency optimalization in buildings.The report and key areas where AI can... Continue Reading →

Bill Gates has a valid point

Bill Gates is right. Investments in disruptive technology which contributes to reduced CO2-emissions are crucial in order to reach the Paris-agreement. This article is republished after it was first published in the Norwegian newspaper E24 earlier this autumn. You can find the article in Norwegian here. Earlier this autumn, Bill Gates said in Financial Times... Continue Reading →

Greening our building blocks steel and cement

Do you think about the necessity of greening steel and cement in order to combat climate change? Most people don`t. Yet, materials such as cement, steel, aluminium, plastic, glass and paper are the third biggest (!) contributor of greenhouse gases, just behind agriculture and making electricity. Producing these materials are responsible for a fift of... Continue Reading →

Courage isn't the absence of fear, but an urgent impulse to do something despite fear.”- Grant Cardone

The value of vertical farming

What do you think about growing vegetables on top of each other, in-doors by utilizing LED-lighting and without any soil (and vastly reduced water usage)?  That is what companies such as InFarm and Plenty do. They produce vegetables such as lettuces and kale in-house and distribute locally. No need for fertilizers and pesticides. Further, these... Continue Reading →

Top 25 Nordic CleanTech StartUps

Food & agritech tops Top 25 listThe majority of this years top 25 clean tech start-ups in the Nordic and Baltics, ranked in the The Nordic Clean Tech Open, are food & agritech companies. More than 8 out of the 25 companies related to food & agritech. The business solutions ranged from smart solutions working... Continue Reading →

Top 100 Nordic ImpactTech Companies

Norrsken, a Swedish impact tech investment company, founded by among other Niklas Adalberth (one of the co-founders of the fintech company Klarna) has identified 100 Nordic companies that has the potential to drive global impact and profit from it. Some of the topics covered on the list are sustainable food production and consumption and sustainable... Continue Reading →

Expert Talk: Blockchain and Sustainability

Expert Talk with Marianne Hahr (Head of Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance)As a first in a series of talks with experts on the topic of sustainability from different angels, I have had a talk with Marianne Hahr, the director of Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance and an expert in the topics of both sustainability, blockchain, bitcoin and... Continue Reading →

From envirotech to cleantech to sustaintech

Sustainability and technology are really merging to disrupt most systems and industries. As Tsing Capital, China`s first sustaintech (sustainable technology) fund says, we are accelerating from the evolvement of envirotech 17 years ago (including waste management and water management), to cleantech (power storage, LEDs, semiconductors) to sustaintech (sustainable mobility, energy internet, smart homes etc). They... Continue Reading →

Innovation = by definition challenges the status quo. Investments is a symbiotic part of the innovation process. UBS «Mobilizing wealth for common good» (2017)

«You cannot solve todays challenges with the same mindset that created them» - Albert Einstein

Eleven ocean opportunities

The complexity and size of ocean challenges - too big and far away?The sustainable ocean challenges are so huge and complex, that we might not always know where to start, or what to think of it. Further, we might believe that the solutions are both fare away in time and demand big-sized companies to get going.Well, I`m here to tell you... Continue Reading →

Why venture capitalists are devouring food start-ups

Why venture capitalists are devouring food start-ups. VC sees huge opportunities in the food tech and agtech scene. The food system is in need of a massive transformation, and lags behind other industrial sectors. There are enormous opportunities, and more innovation than ever across themes such as sustainable protein, soil & crop tech, decision support tech, water,... Continue Reading →

PropTech – revolutionizing real estate

Sustainability, innovation and technology is converging to create the buildings of tomorrow. I.e smart and highly efficient buildings for us to thrive in. PropTech (property technology) has a vast opportunity potential. Most buildings can become more efficient when it comes to energy usage (and hence the carbon footprint of the buildings and size of their... Continue Reading →

A water revolution

We live in a water world.  Water covers about 71,5% of our planet. Still, we can only drink around 2,5% of it. Further, more than 1,2 billion people globally currently lack access to clean drinking water. This water gap is only set to increase. With the estimated population growth, growth in middle class and climate change impacting... Continue Reading →

Seizing opportunities

Johan Rockström, the wellknow scientist from the Stockholm Resilience Center, says that we by now know quite a lot about the financial risks that we expose ourselves to from global sustainability challenges. However, we do not fully understand all the opportunities that arises from the shift to a more sustainable low-carbon world. My mission with... Continue Reading →

Animal-free lab grown meat

Today, you do no longer need animals to produce meat for humans to eat. Companies such as Beyond Meat has raised tonnes of capital by producing meat grown from cells - in the laboratory. This is fantastic news for those that like a steak, but want to eat environmentally friendly or do not eat meat... Continue Reading →

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