Sustainable management and use of Earth’s natural resources within the planetary boundaries is especially crucial in this pandemic time. We need urgent actions and support for green transitions if we want our recovery to be fast, healthy and more sustainable than it was before. The Baltic Sea Region shall focus on resource-intensive sectors such as textiles, food, constructions, plastics and support sustainable future proofing companies.
By 2050 the global food demands will be doubled because of further increases in the world population and larger consumption sales. At the same time, around one third of all food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, from production to consumption. The textiles sector is expected to grow even further, accelerated through an ever increasing demand for fast fashion. Twenty percent of global industrial water pollution is caused by material dyeing and textile treatment. Construction is the most material-intensive sector and produces one – third of all global waste, most of which is not recycled or reused, but ends up in landfills. These facts and many more represent a considerable waste of land, water, energy and agricultural inputs, and cause millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
A systematic shift towards sustainable and circular systems is needed across the whole value chains of resource intensive industries. To make it happen we need a collaborative perspective and innovative solutions.
This conference will promote knowledge and good practices sharing in the Baltic Sea Region, to take further steps on circular economy and sustainability.
Sign up before 24 May!