Accelerating action on climate mitigation and adaptation

Scientific evidence for human-caused climate change is undeniable, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Greenhouse gas emissions, which are driving climate change, are reported by the United Nations to have reached new highs in 2017 at 146% of pre-industrial levels. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization shows that the five-year average global temperature from 2013 to 2017 was the highest on record.

With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is making its effects (droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise) felt worldwide at rates much faster than anticipated. While the UN confirms positive steps are being taken, far more ambitious plans and accelerated action are urgently needed on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Climate innovations at the G-STIC conference

A first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions

Building on the outcome of the climate-related discussions during previous editions of the G-STIC conference, we will review and discuss a first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can lead to a major impact on the achievement of the climate-related SDGs. This will be done in close interaction with the audience, panel members and keynote speakers. The identified solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and take the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these challenges into account.

The examples below present an overview of solutions discussed during G-STIC 2017 and 2018. This year's conference aims at building a more comprehensive list of integrated technological solutions, focusing on solutions that might not receive enough attention even if they have a clear potential to impact the achievement of the SDGs.

Bamboo as a resource

Building construction and clean energy production are two main development areas for using bamboo as a resource. Efficient production of energy through gasification or pellet production can help increase the total share of renewable energy.

Carbon Capture & Utilisation

Technologies and processes which use CO2 from point sources or from the atmosphere as feedstock, transforming gaseous carbon resources into value-added products such as chemicals, fuels and building materials.

Low-energy building solutions

Low-energy building solutions, such as local-climate sensitive designs for new buildings and energy retrofitting of existing buildings. New technologies in the areas of integrated lighting, IoT-related automation for Building Energy Management, and integration of renewable energies in buildings.

Coastal protection

Innovative and integrated protection strategies that facilitate coastal adaptation to climate change, including institutional and social measures, as well as technological measures and ecosystem-based adaptation measures.


Technologies and innovations reducing pollution and improving people’s health, focusing on using wastewater as a resource to produce clean water, renewable energy and fertilisers while reducing greenhouse gases (GHG emissions).

Water resources

Technologies and innovations powered by ‘nature-based solutions’ to mitigate climate change by improving water supplies and reducing flood risks, and use green infrastructure replacing or complementing grey infrastructure.

Bring your perspective to the discussions

Join the semi-plenary session – November 22, 14:00 – 15:15

The semi-plenary session on November 22 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Safe climate for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will give an overview of disruptive technologies that can substantively contribute to combatting climate change and its profound negative impact on the global economy. Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion.

Keynote speakers

Panel discussion

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes

Participate in the deep dives – November 21 & 22

All deep dives will focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions, and discuss the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

Water and climate-resilient infrastructure

November 21, 15:30 – 16:50

CO2 as a resource

November 22, 9:00 – 10:30

Check the programme

A library of breakthrough transformative technologies

The process supported by the semi-plenary session and the deep dives is to deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies to tackle the ‘Safe climate for all’ societal challenge and achieve the climate-related SDGs, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Addressing societal challenges far beyond climate

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