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ImpactFest themes 2023

Our societal and environmental transitions are crossing contents, affecting us all on this planet. People from different corners of society are looking for ways to create solutions and accelerate these transitions. Each providing their unique perspective and input, we need these synergies and different views to together build a sustainable life on this planet.

In the 2023 edition of ImpactFest, we’ve focused on four transitional themes uniting different perspectives. In short, these were the four main themes of the ImpactFest program:

Energy & Oceans

Exploring the ‘Blue economy’, utilising the great potential of the ocean while having a positive effect on climate and biodiversity.  Accelerating clean energy solutions ranging from hydrogen, geothermal, wind, water, solar, and beyond. How can we take the next step together, in driving the inclusive renewable and clean energy transition forward?

Food & Agriculture

We need lasting, affordable and trustworthy food systems. How can we utilise new developments in these systems, for example in marine production, horticulture, and agriculture, while ensuring increased biodiversity and stable water management?

Climate Justice

Justice ranging from biodiversity to reducing carbon emissions through humanitarian innovation and social businesses. Who is setting the norm? Who is taking responsibility? And who is taking action in changing climate habits, fostering peace and justice in this transition?

Circular Economy & Resources

Moving from waste to resources. Rethinking (linear) value chains and resource management, adopting the r-ladder principles to incorporate and drive a regenerative economy forward.

Get a deeper understanding of the four ImpactFest 2023 themes below.

Energy & Oceans

Renewable and clean energy solutions hold great potential for revolutionising our energy systems. In this context, oceans offer multiple uses, encompassing economic, social, and environmental aspects. They serve as a vital resource for transportation, fishing, recreation, and renewable energy production. Additionally, oceans play a critical role in maintaining biodiversity, regulating climate, and supporting various ecosystems. Utilising the potential of the sea requires careful planning and management to achieve a balance between diverse activities and long-term sustainability.

Moving forward, driving an inclusive renewable and clean energy transition requires several key steps. Governments, businesses, and communities must collaborate to establish supportive policies and regulatory frameworks, encouraging investment and innovation in the sector. By taking the next steps in advancing the inclusive renewable and clean energy transition, we can unlock the immense potential of the ocean while ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come.

Food & Agriculture

The transition to sustainable food and the shift towards alternative protein sources have significant consequences for agriculture. Embracing plant-based proteins, cultivated meat, and insect-based products can reduce the environmental footprint associated with traditional livestock production. This shift to lasting, affordable and trustworthy food systems requires a reevaluation of agricultural practices, land use, and resource allocation.

Scaling up sustainable agriculture practices, such as regenerative farming and agroforestry, can support this development, but scaling up has to be taken into account to ensure increased biodiversity and stable water management. This requires collaboration from Government, organisations and communities, to transition existing systems and build supportive and holistic frameworks, supported by relevant regulations and investments. Investments in research and development are crucial for improving the efficiency and scalability of marine production, horticulture and agriculture. By promoting sustainable food choices and diversifying protein sources, agriculture can contribute to a more environmentally friendly and resilient food system.

Climate Justice

Climate justice emphasizes the ethical and equitable aspects of addressing climate change. It recognizes that vulnerable communities, with the smallest environmental footprint, bear the negative effects of climate impacts. Climate justice calls for fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of climate action, ensuring that marginalized groups have a voice and access to resources, adaptation measures, and clean technologies.

Focusing both on humanitarian innovation and social solutions in addition to more technical driven solutions is essential to provide a humanitarian shift in the ongoing transitions. It also entails holding accountable and require action from those responsible for the majority of negative environmental impact. By prioritizing climate justice, we can work towards a more equitable and sustainable future, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in the face of climate change. Who is setting the norm, taking responsibility and action in changing climate habits and (peace) & justice in this transition?

Circular Economy & Resources

The transition to a circular economy involves shifting from the traditional “take-make-dispose” model to one that maximizes the value of resources by keeping them in use for as long as possible. Adopting the “r-ladder” approach is a key element. It includes strategies like reducing, reusing, recycling, recovering, and only as a last resort, disposing of resources. By prioritizing these steps, we can minimize the extraction of new resources, promoting resource regeneration and reduce environmental impacts.

Incorporating a circular economy requires collaboration between businesses, governments, and consumers. Resource efficiency and sustainability must be embraced by society. This is how we create a more resilient and resource-rich future, where waste is minimised, resources are maximised and ecosystems are regenerated.