2030 Scenarios on Energy, InfoTech, Globalization & Climate Change

October 22 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Environment   Year: Beyond   Rating: 2

Scenarios are stories about the future. They are not predictions or forecasts, but help us explore change and fundamentally different future landscapes.

The Forum for the Future has partnered with HP Research Labs on a new publication ‘Climate Futures responses to climate change in 2030’ to explore the broad social, political, environmental and economic drivers affecting global markets and IT related industry sectors. [Download 76 page PDF 6 MB]

The five scenarios for 2030 include:

1. Efficiency first
Rapid innovation in energy efficiency and novel technologies has enabled a low-carbon economy with almost no need for changes in lifestyle or business practice

2. Service transformation
A high price of carbon has ushered in a revolution in how people’s needs are satisfied

3. Redefining progress
New priorities of ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ are bubbling up across the world as more sustainable forms of living become established

4. Environmental war economy
Tough measures have been adopted to combat climate change, pushing markets to the very limit of what they can deliver

5. Protectionist world
Globalization has gone into retreat and countries focus on security and access to resources at any cost

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