COP27 Solutions Day

Solutions will be the theme of the day on November 17 at COP27. From holistic to sectorial, solutions to the climate crisis range from global to local and differ in scale. This day will foster and facilitate the ongoing exchange between policymakers, businesses and innovators. Experiences, awareness and viability will be at the centre of the dialogue to imagine a more sustainable future.

Science tells us we can still prevent some of the worst climate change impacts, but there is a need to find viable solutions and promote those that already exist and are currently overshadowed by efforts to delay action.  We live in an era of climate opportunity: finding innovative solutions to climate change-related challenges is a key aspect to transboundary climate negotiations. International gatherings such as the COP27 are important grounds to build a bridge between decision-makers and innovators from the private sector, including SMEs and finance

Solutions range from global to local, presenting a wide variety of approaches in terms of actors involved and the scale considered. Among others, climate services contribute to the successful integration of scientific information in policies, business models and technological advances. Technological and digital innovation is at the forefront of the climate solution debate concerning sectors with the largest share of emissions worldwide, including transport, infrastructure and buildings

Emissions follow the linear growth that is central to the current economic system. Envisioning climate solutions entails considering alternative economic models, such as the circular economy. A paradigm shift is fundamental to leave behind the current high-emission pathway, but finding solutions to adapt to a new climate in a less optimistic scenario is also crucial. Inspiration can come from the natural environment itself, leading to the so-called Nature based Solutions (NbS),  actions that protect, manage and restore ecosystems with mutual benefits for both human well-being and biodiversity. Nature-based Solutions are used to design and devise sustainable infrastructure as well as protecting human systems from future extreme events. 

All stakeholders involved are called to act in the creative process needed to limit the impacts of global warming, harnessing the different types of solutions available through dialogue, collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach.


The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science, Frontiers of International Ocean Governance, CMCC, Foresight

The New Frontiers of International Ocean Governance

Oceans are facing increasing pressures: biodiversity loss, pollution, over-exploitation and illegal activities; and diverse impacts of climate change, such as ocean warming, acidification and rising sea level, are increasingly alarming. From the headquarters of international organizations as well as in the most vulnerable and ocean dependent countries, it is acknowledged that it is time to change the way we manage oceans and their resources in order to keep them healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient.


The Power of Climate Policy

Policy is the key to contrasting the worst effects of climate change. Analysing the impact of climate laws implemented by the G7 nations on their overall emissions gives a clear indication of how important policy measures are in the fight against climate change.


Innovate as if the Future Mattered

Collaborations, connections, community, engagement, concerted efforts. For a sustainable and climate-resilient future, what needs to shift is human behaviour and human perception. Kirsten Dunlop, CEO at EIT Climate-KIC, on the benefits of linking human and planetary health when designing systemic change through innovation that leads us out of the current crisis. Dealing with “climate change is not about finding and implementing the right solutions”.