I forecasted years ago that the supply chain was vulnerable. While I didn’t foresee the pandemic, I did preach about things like the worker shortage and climate change long before the term COVID-19 became a household phrase. All of this is now having a profound effect on our supply chains—obviously. My question is this: What are we going to do about it? I have a few ideas.
If we want to meet our climate neutrality goals by 2050, I would argue we need to start at home. Residential homes are responsible for up to 34% of carbon dioxide emissions. Let’s look at how we can combat this.
The number of connected EV (electric vehicle) charging points in North America and Europe is set to reach 7.9 million by 2025. The EV market is on the rise, according to many reports. Add to that the fact the Biden administration has pledged to extend EV tax credits, and California has moved to ban new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, and it is the perfect storm that is going to catapult EVs forward.
There is a reason the phrase “better together” has taken off. The best ideas, projects, and products come as a result of collaboration. And in an industry such as automotive, collaboration simply isn’t optional, which is why I love Microsoft’s approach to creating a strong ecosystem.
I love the ambition by many organizations to end roadway deaths in the United States by 2050, but is that a realistic goal? How close are we to reaching that goal? And what still needs to be done to get there?
It has been 20 years since the September 11 attacks—and it has me thinking a lot about first responders and how many things have stayed the same and how many things have changed in the past 20 years. Here is one big thing that has changed: technology.
Food and water scarcity have been a global problem for as long as we can remember. Today, new factors—like the COVID-19 pandemic, upheaval in the supply chain, and an uptick in natural disasters caused by climate change, just to name a few—are bringing to light new concerns for food shortages across the globe and here in the United States.
Everyone is so focused on the COVID-19 disruptions to the supply chain—and rightfully so—but what if there is something that could pose a greater threat to our supply chain? Climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent—and it could have a devasting impact on our supply chain.
Could our waste soon be regulated? Will we have more ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policy in the future? Will we have government mandates and sustainable material regulations? A new report gives analysis of past regulatory practices and a newly developed predictive framework.
Can we achieve a circular economy in the fashion industry? One new report says yes. Moving away from a linear take-make-waste model is critical. Clothes can be made with limited impact; be recycled and refurbished; and be long-lasting and ultimately, be kept in use for extended periods of time. Quite simply, clothing can be worn again and again, and again. Now that is what we have been aspiring too for some time now.