• Resource Efficiency

Resource Efficiency

By 2030, energy demand is projected to increase by 40% and water demand is expected to outstrip supply by 40%. A mere 5% of the world’s population uses 23% of the entire energy supply, while 40% of the world’s population lack access to adequate sanitation services. Another 1.2 billion having no facilities at all1. Ageing populations in the West (as elaborated upon in our Population Dynamics theme) and continuing economic advancement in the developing world will result in a shortage of human capital globally. Businesses will be vying for talent against the entrepreneurial opportunities that will be available to a cohort of young, well-educated workers. 


Investment implications

Resource Efficiency helps us to pinpoint streamlined approaches that make intelligent use of resources or that provide a valid alternative to them. This could be complementary or alternative forms of energy – like shale gas or wind farms. Or it could be innovations that allow us to enhance productivity or to generate enhanced business performance.

1 UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.



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