Deal with pressing, cross-industry climate objectives

Deal with pressing, cross-industry climate objectives

Deal with pressing, cross-industry climate objectives 8192 5881 Ingrid Willems

Climate is changing faster than the planet can adapt. A global zeitgeist of risk and insecurity has emerged. If we are to respond responsibly to global climate warnings, we need to halve carbon emissions globally by 2030.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identify the moral and existential threats that we must meet head-on.

FIg. 1 : 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

In a Global Risks Report (2019) by World Economic Forum, “failure of climate-change mitigation and adaption” is ranked 2nd in both likelihood and impact which urges stakeholders to react now[1].

Fig 2: The Global Risk Landscape 2019

What do we mean by CleanTech?

The 2020s needs to see the development and acceleration of clean technologies to generate impact on a massive scale. CleanTech refers to any technology or process that delivers value using limited or zero non-renewable resources and/or creates significantly less waste than conventional offerings.

CleanTech is cross-industry and covers nine main domains: clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, water and waste treatment, sustainable materials, sustainable food & agriculture, recycling and waste, resources & environment, sustainable buildings. These domains have the greatest impact to mitigate key sustainability risks that are either a result of input extraction or output releases to the environment.

Cross-industry value proposition of CleanTech

One of the unique things about CleanTech is that you can’t effectively talk about what you’re doing in a silo. It is all inter-related. If you do power storage, it relates to renewable energy and smart grid. If you do water, it’s connected to energy. If you do biofuels, it impacts food, water, and energy.

Companies that are impacted by specific SDGs related to resource usage (energy, water, sustainable consumption), are thus required to adopt an ecosystem approach to realize a specific cross-industry value proposition. Such companies operate often in highly unpredictable circumstances where the market needs to be shaped with many different stakeholders. An ecosystem approach offers the right governance model to offer flexibility and speed while enabling collaboration to deal with pressing and cross-industry climate objectives. 

CleanTech example:  Smappee

Belgian CleanTech company Smappee focuses on smart energy management by gaining insights and control over energy consumption and production for greater energy savings. Their smart energy management offering is a critical enabler within the smart & sustainable building ecosystem which consists of many different players. Smappee views themselves as part of an ecosystem that brings real value to consumers through seamless product integration and services. For example, to deliver a smart electric vehicle charging value proposition, they collaborate with EVBOX to balance the energy usage between an electric car charging station and other appliances on-site.

Framework for implementing a ecosystem strategy

Based upon close collaboration with ecosystem pioneers, we have developed a framework for implementing an ecosystem strategy, answering crucial questions:

  • What is your ecosystem value blueprint?
  • What internal & external capabilities are required to make the ecosystem thrive?
  • What role should your organization play in an ecosystem?
  • What capabilities need to be in place to execute and evolve your ecosystem strategy? 

The strategic framework for Ecosystem Orchestrators

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