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WE-PL-02: Keynote by Mathis Wackernagel, CEO at Global Footprint Network
Wednesday, 06/Sep/2017:
9:15am - 9:45am

Location: Salle de conférences 1
European Convention Center - Ground Floor - "Salle de conférences 1"

Session Abstract

Metrics for Advancing One Planet Prosperity.

By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 10 billion people, with 70-80% living in urban areas. Yet, if we comply with the Paris Agreement, humanity will have ceded using fossil fuel well before 2050. This means economies that want to be resilient and successful need to find ways to provide for thriving lives within the average budget of nature.

How much is this budget? Given the size of the planet, and considering that the limiting material factor for fueling our economy are the biological resources the planet’s surface areas provide, this budget boils down to 1 global hectares per person by 2050.

While our planet is finite, our ability to look ahead and innovate is not. Possibilities are indeed infinite, and will continue to be, if we embrace physical reality and make sure humanity’s resource dependence can be met by this planet. For instance, cities can shape their transportation and housing infrastructure to be a force for sustainability. Energy systems can be decarbonized. Since infrastructure has long lifespans, foresight is crucial for adapting economies to future needs. Vice versa, delaying response and continuing to promote resource-inefficient infrastructure turns into large and lasting liabilities. Guiding those decisions requires robust metric that can compare the resource demand to the resources available.

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