High tech for a sustainable future

UNEP DTU Partnership joins High Tech Summit, the leading research-based high-tech event in the Nordics, to talk about Sustainability as a Business.

October 1, 2018

Technology Empowering People.

That is the slogan of the upcoming DTU High Tech Summit, where UNEP DTU Partnership will add to the summit’s focus on sustainability.
UNEP DTU Partnership will talk about market creation for climate solutions and investments, barriers and enabling frameworks for technology transfer and solutions for improving food security through resilient innovation.

Read more about the High Tech Summit here.

The sustainable business case

One of the main tracks of the High Tech Summit is “Sustainability as a Business – an international perspective”, taking place on the 10th of October.

Taking point of departure in the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a strong predictor of future changes, the track explores the unique opportunity for businesses to place sustainability centrally on the strategic agenda.

Creating sustainable markets

Kicking off UNEP DTU Partnerships contribution to the summit, director John Christensen will outline importance and potential in market creation for climate solutions and investments.

If the world is to meet the climate goals in the Paris Agreement and SDGs, ambitions need to be high and the pace of implementation needs to be accelerated. As part of that work, UNEP DTU Partnership strive to create sustainable solutions that works from a business point of view as well.

Barriers and enablers

However, implementing sustainable technology solutions, especially in the developing world, faces many obstacles.

Barriers and enabling frameworks for technology transfer, is the topic of the second UNEP DTU Partnership contribution.

There is an incredible potential in technology for the world to reach the SDG’s and the climate goals. Unfortunately, there are many barriers, both obvious and hidden.
This presentation provides an overview of the most common barriers for technology transfer identified by more than 60 developing countries, and provides examples of how countries have created the enabling conditions to overcome these barriers.

An example from Jamaica

Climate change is threatening food security around the world. If we want a future with sufficient food for everyone we need to accelerate the implementation of innovative technologies, especially in the developing world.

By adopting resilient and sustainable food technologies, the private sector can play a key role towards reaching several SDG’s. This is the theme of the third UNEP DTU Partnership presentation.

In Jamaica UNEP DTU Partnership has successfully introduced the Aquaponics technology based on a sustainable business case and supported by key national stakeholders. The programme is currently scaled up to achieve nationwide development and increase food security and income of Jamaican smallholder farmers.

Creating value for people

DTU High Tech Summit is the leading research-based high-tech event in the Nordics. At this summit companies, researchers, students and startups meet to find inspiration and create value.

High Tech Summit 2018 presents seven tracks over the course of two days on October 10-11 from 9 am to 5 pm both days.
It is a digitization event that brings challenges and new ideas into focus, with the purpose of new inspiration and creating value.