GREEN TRENDS FOR 2022 – E2 Portal

Over the past 12 months, countless “green” innovations have emerged that can help both individuals and businesses, and we present some of them.

  1. Ecosystem regeneration and biodiversity increase- Regeneration is more than a promise that no harm will be done, it is about leaving the world in a more positive state. This requires active ways to live healthier, to eat more sustainably, without destroying the natural world. In the UK, for example, bus stops have solved the problem of declining bee numbers – green roofs have been installed, designed to attract pollinators. In areas with warmer climates, which are prone to forest fires, the solution is skyscraper-like buildings, which gradually disperse seeds and nutrients into the soil.
  2. Agroinovacije– The ways in which humanity currently uses land are a major contributor to climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Land use accounts for 23% of greenhouse gas emissions, most of which can be attributed to agriculture. It is therefore not surprising that the green agro-technological market is advancing. In Germany, the fastest growing urban agricultural company in the world has introduced a new vertical system for agriculture, which saves up to 10,000,000 liters of water per year. Local food production in this way not only uses 95% less water and zero chemical pesticides, but also reduces the required transport by 90%.
  3. Sustainable workspaces – A time of great social change can be a catalyst for innovation, and in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, we have all seen improvements in video calling and air filtration. Business and travel are two areas that are particularly affected. Innovation in response to the current crisis could evolve into more sustainable ways of working in the future. In the UK, working capsules are designed, made from sustainable materials, designed to improve human health and positively impact productivity. The capsules will be placed near the main railway stations, near shopping malls, etc., and they will be able to be booked through the application.
  4. Sustainability of the ocean– Today, the “blue economy” is an emerging concept that encourages better management of our “blue” resources. The ocean is key to preventing a climate catastrophe, as it is estimated to absorb at least a quarter of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The marine world is also a source of inspiration and innovation when it comes to tackling some of the most difficult sustainability challenges. In the UK, scientists are investigating the ability of mussels to filter microplastics from natural waterways. Mussels are incredibly efficient and in one day a square meter of mussels can filter 150,000 liters of water. Seaweed is very good at carbon sequestration and has a wide range of uses – from food to energy production. In India, seaweed is grown on a large scale, precisely because of its help in extracting carbon.
  5. Sustainable cities – By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities and other urban areas. Around the world, about 55% already live. And as the global community becomes more urban, urban infrastructure will need to be designed with sustainability in mind. Many cities appeared at the COP26 conference and presented their solutions. An innovation that has attracted a lot of attention in Germany is the bicycle path with solar panels, which generates lighting and electricity. It has photovoltaic panels that can produce 2,000 megawatt hours of electricity per kilometer of bicycle route. One kilometer of the trail can produce enough electricity for 750 households.
  6. Empowering ethical spending with digital technologies – According to a recent survey, more than half of customers believe that the priority is to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, with 4 out of 10 respondents more concerned about sustainability now than before the pandemic. Many solutions are emerging that will help consumers meet their environmental expectations. Startup companies are appearing, and one of them has in stock only goods with environmentally friendly packaging, low carbon emissions and commitment to the social good. When paying, customers receive a complete report on how their purchase has a positive impact. In France, the tool allows companies to get a result that measures their impact on the environment. The platform offers consumers environmentally responsible alternatives in many areas, including food, lifestyle, fashion, energy, transportation and housing. Meanwhile, companies are being offered a catalog of more than 800 innovations and alternatives, from green electricity suppliers to waste recycling suppliers – all to improve their performance.

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