Please see below selected recent energy-related change.
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- The Global Innovation Index 2018 focused on the theme of ‘Energising the World with Innovation’. Energy demand is reaching unprecedented levels as a result of a growing world population, rapid urbanisation, and industrialisation. Higher levels of technological and non-technological innovation are required to meet this demand, both on the production side of the energy equation (alternative sources, smart grids, and new advanced energy storage technologies) and on the consumption side (smart cities, homes, and buildings; energy-efficient industries; and transport and future mobility). Innovation plays key roles in addressing both sides of that equation.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
The 2010 Ten-Year Forecast Map of the Decade benchmarked the big forces that will shape the decade: The Carbon Economy; The Water Ecology; Adaptive Power; Cities in Transition and Molecular Identity.
WHAT ARE WE SEEING?
The Institute for the Future published a Ten-Year Forecast in 2010 that it claimed would be a benchmark forecast for the next decade, focusing on five driving themes:
"Cradle-to-cradle" organisations claim to be able to dramatically lower their environmental impact and increase their "eco-effectiveness". This forms part of a wider drive towards a "circular economy", which imagines ways to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff and re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powered by renewable energy.
The world needs to create 600m new jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability, according to the United Nations International Labour Organisation.
Halcyon Highlights is a bi-weekly round-up of some of the most compelling trends that we have spotted over the past fortnight. + , - or = indicate whether we consider each trend/development to prove mainly positive, negative or neutral/too early to judge...
By 2020, 128m households in Africa (600m people) will have reached the consumer class, according to estimates. It won't be global middle class level with incomes of over $70,000, but still above subsistence living, buying health care, food, education, transportation, and entertainment.
Cisco futurists identified the top 10 technology trends that they believe will change the world in the next 10 years.
According to global IT market intelligence and advisory firm IDC, the volume of digitised information will reach almost 35 trillion gigabytes by 2020.