10 March 2015

Meeting on ideas for resource-efficient business

One of the big challenges facing companies is the need to try and disconnect growth from increased resource use. Possible ways of achieving more efficient processes and new business models will be discussed on 25 March, when a Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences project presents a recent review of measures and trends in various industries.

The purpose of the ‘Resource-Efficient Business Models’ project is to disseminate best practice and new business models, and also to pinpoint key control instruments for a sustainable business sector. The initiative is run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and, over the past few months, various working groups have analysed different industries and the current trends in them.

A report on facts and trends between now and 2050 is now to be presented at a seminar on 25 March. Companies taking part in the project will describe how they use resources at present and how they plan to do so in the future, and these descriptions and plans will be discussed. In addition, representatives of Unilever, the OECD and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will attend the seminar.

Mistra is among the funders of ‘Resource-Efficient Business Models’ and the steering group for the project includes Mistra’s Chief Executive Åke Iverfelt and several other experienced leaders from business, government agencies, politics and academia.

The aim of the project is to draw up policy recommendations for the run-up to 2020, including the business sector’s view of how Sweden should boost its competitiveness in a future of limited resources. The work will focus on two main areas: enhancing the emergence of new business models with built-in resource efficiency and identifying examples of business models for resource efficiency in various industries. Facts about these industries will be obtained and experiments with new business models will also be carried out.

Text: Andreas Nilsson, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

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