Environment & Resources
Climate change, a shift away from fossil fuels, water scarcity, food productivity issues, loss of animal habitats and biological diversity are some of the world's major future environmental and resource related challenges. Great changes are coming, and great consequences will follow. Changing established structures is a difficult task, but one which needs to be done while at the same time taking into account various issues such as stranded assets, carbon leakage, life cycle assessments and consumer reactions to change.
CIFS performs risk and opportunity analyses, scenarios and thought leadership projects within the climate-water-energy-food nexus. Below you can browse our articles, publications and client cases related to the topic.
Biomimetics and the Case for a Refined Ecosystem Valuation
Excerpt from the members' report Crumbling Pillars: Four Threats to the Global Status Quo. The excerpt is part of chapter four of the report, which examines accelerating environmental change and asks the question how we price nature.
Planned Obsolescence ‒ a Bug in the System
As a business practice, planned obsolescence is more than just an annoyance for consumers. It is also at odds with a sustainable future.
Plastics & the business model that ruined the world
Today, large multinational corporations are present in almost all growth markets. In the most poorly regulated countries where multinational corporations operate, important environmental concerns have largely been ignored in favour of profit. The result is no less than catastrophic. Read why in this article.
When people talk about the emerging robot revolution, the focus is often to which extent robots will take over human jobs. That is, however, only one aspect of the changes robots will bring about. Another aspect that may, in the long term, turn out to be even more important is that robots may develop into a benefit for the environment – if used in the right way.
Will we have time to save the world?
New climate models and measures show that the consequences of climate change in this century may be far worse than hitherto assumed. Meanwhile, the global effort to fight climate change seems to have stagnated. Has the time come to panic?
CIFS a part of Innovation Fund Denmark's Climate Panel
The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies has been given the task of supporting and contributing to Innovation Fund Denmark's Climate Solutions Panel, which has gathered leading experts and business leaders from home and abroad.