This is the year of ‘systemic opportunity’ – according to the findings of the 2016 Sustainia100, an annual publication which presents the most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. From health solutions that tackle climate change, to renewable energy products that alleviate gender inequality, this year’s publication sets out 100 solutions which respond to the interconnected global challenges addressed through the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The term ‘systemic’ often brings to mind intractable problems, such as systemic poverty or systemic corruption. The global goals give us focus and pace, so we think it’s time to reclaim the word and talk about systemic opportunity, instead. The Sustainia100 shows us that the most compelling and successful solutions tackle multiple challenges, and global goals, in one go,” said Morten Nielsen, Managing Director of Sustainia.
Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 is published by leading sustainability firm Sustainia which has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. This year’s edition features solutions deployed in 188 countries, and more than half come from the SME sector.
In her foreword to the Sustainia100, Lise Kingo, the Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact, reflects on the pace and direction set by the Sustainable Development Goals:
“The Sustainia100 offers us 100 reasons to be hopeful and inspired as we embark on this 15 year journey. The innovative thinking needed to accomplish the SDGs by 2030 already exists today. Now our task is to spread the word about these transformative solutions in order to help them scale and inspire new actors to take part in forging the path to a more sustainable future.”
Since 2012, the Sustainia100 has tracked the rise of the circular economy, big data, leapfrog technologies, climate resilience, and community action as some of the most defining trends within sustainable action. In 2016, the publication highlights four new trends that stem from the solutions identified.
Morten Nielsen continues: “The trends we’ve noted point to this new era of systemic opportunity. You can readily see this in the way that cities are becoming health facilitators or the disruption of the time-old electric grid, as just two great examples of big shifts in opportunity-spotting. It’s exciting to see global markets respond favourably to this new landscape of sustainable action.”
The 2016 Sustainia100 is freely available at www.sustainia.me
Dutch innovations in the Sustainia100 are: