The world will go through an enormous growth during the next decades up to 2050 with more people, higher living standards and growing urbanisation.
The consequence will be a world that will inevitably be resource and carbon constrained.
The global markets will demand resource efficient low polluting solutions and a Green Race has started about who will be the leading suppliers of these . The country frontrunners so far are China Germany and Korea. The Race is also ongoing between companies in different sectors.
Economies and societies will need to undergo major transformations to be sustainable and this will require technical and societal innovations and strengthened implementation capabilities on a grand scale.
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PROF.DR. BJORN STIGSON:
Chairman, Stigson & Partners AB
Former President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) 1995 -2011
Bjorn Stigson has extensive experience in international business. 1969 he began his career with the Kockums Group, then the world´s biggest shipyard. 1971- 82 he held various positions with ESAB, the international supplier of equipment for welding. In 1983-91 he was President and CEO of the Fläkt Group, the world leader in environmental control technology. Following the acquisition of Fläkt by ABB, he became Executive Vice President and a member of ABB´s Executive Management Group. 1995 -2011 he was President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 leading international corporations.
Bjorn Stigson is now chairman of his own consulting company and since April 2010 a visiting professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Bjorn Stigson has served on the board and advisory councils to a variety of international companies, organizations and governments, including the Kennedy School at Harvard University ,the Chinese and German governments and the US Congress.
He is presently a member of the following boards/advisory councils:
Chairman of the Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in Germany, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation;; the Siemens Sustainability Advisory Board and the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.
Björn Stigson also serves as senior advisor to the head of IIASA (International Institute for Applied systems Analysis) ,Vienna.