Global environmental challenges
from The Great Debate UK:
- Luuk van der Wielen is at BE-Basic and Delft University of Technology; Roger Wyse is Managing Director, Burrill & Company, San Francisco. The opinions expressed are their own.-
Today the global megatrends of food security, energy security, global climate change and sustainability command the attention of nations worldwide. Confronting these challenges will test political systems, drive policy and stress international relations.
To address them successfully, nations and companies are making massive investments in R&D, seeking solutions that will drive global innovation for decades. The application of modern discoveries in biology and biocleantechnology will be a major enabling force to address these issues.
Indeed, the application of bio-clean technology can potentially mitigate many of Europe’s ecological and economic challenges. The markets for bio-based (or green) products and technologies made from agricultural waste -- instead of oil -- are currently large and open.