Sustainability is a global imperative. Climate change is now 'top of mind' due to widespread daily media coverage, growing stakeholder consensus on the science, highlighting of the economics by the Stern Review and increased visibility associated with Al Gore's recent Oscar and Nobel Prize. This is leading to growing discussion over the need for a transformation towards low carbon economies and technologies. Coupled to this there are increasing pressures for significant leaps in resource productivity and a movement to 'closed loop' solutions.
A recent book 'The Clean Tech Revolution' highlights a range of drivers for innovation:
- Costs: increasing price of oil
- Capital: growing investment flows
- China: massive energy and resource pressures
- Customers: significant consumer interest
Opportunities are starting to emerge.
The market for sustainable technologies has been projected to be worth $800 billion by 2015. However, this figure undervalues the market as it does not account for the growing integration of renewable materials and alternative energy generation into products, technologies and buildings. Areas that will see significant growth include wind, solar, biomaterials, bio-energies, green buildings, sustainable mobility, smart grids, water filtration, and energy monitoring products and technologies.
The clarion call is for innovation, innovation, innovation - short, medium and long-term. However, what do future sustainable products, technologies and industries look like? There is a need for a new narrative. Sustainable Innovation 08 will address this imperative with new visions, thinking and solutions.
Sustainable Innovation 08 will provide a platform to discuss in the future opportunities and challenges related to sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Sustainable Innovation 08 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event will be a unique learning experience, networking space and an opportunity to think or even jump 'out of the box'. Delegates will come globally from large companies, entrepreneurs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board.
Sustainable Innovation 08 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers covering future solutions and thinking related to sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Papers that create new visions, scenarios and stories focused on sustainable innovation covering the following topics are particularly welcomed:
Benefits to delegates
- Radical change
- Market transformation
- New scenarios
- Disruptive technologies
- Sustainable Consumption & Production
- Low carbon economy
- Regional approaches
- Product policy
- Sustainable public procurement
- New business models
- Collaborations and partnerships
- Sustainable technologies
- Innovation processes
- Supply chain management
- Product-service-systems (PSS)
- Management systems
- Organisational dimensions
- Case studies
Sustainable Innovation 08 will provide a range of benefits to speakers and delegates:
- Unique: forum for new ideas and concepts
- Leading-edge: presentations from key international researchers, practioners and policy-makers
- Content: new research, results and thinking
- Networking: opportunities to meet business, government and academia
- Track-record: over 1400 delegates from over 40 countries have attended previous ' Towards Sustainable Product Design' conferences
The Centre suggests that you offset the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of your travel to Malmö. You may decide to calculate the impact of your journey and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by the same amount your travel adds. Some websites relating to GHG emissions and travel that you may find useful are listed below:
Conference papers: please email, fax or post 500 words describing your proposed paper by 31st March 2008. The paper will then be sent to the Advisory Board for evaluation and authors will be given feedback by the end of April 2008. The highest rated papers will be invited to present at the conference.
Please only submit abstracts if you have:
1. Budgets to register for the conference.
2. Budgets for travel and accommodation at the conference.
Full paper Contributor
Guidelines downloadable word doc
Full paper Contributor Guidelines -
Paper example downloadable word doc
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on Sustainable Innovation 08 please contact:
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