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Sitra joins Think2030 as knowledge partner

We are happy to welcome the Finnish Innovation Fund – Sitra as new knowledge partner in the Think2030 platform.

The Think2030 platform gathers organisations (think tanks, academia, NGOs, civil society and private sector) that share a common vision for a more sustainable future. As the network is expanding, we conducted a series of interviews to feature the partners, their involvement in the platform and their contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal agenda.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a fund for the future mandated by the Finnish Parliament. Key tools of its work include reports, studies and pilot experiments, with strong emphasis on developing, disseminating and financing new initiatives and solutions. It brings together partners from different sectors of society to collaborate in shaping the successful world of tomorrow. Since 2013, one of Sitra’s key focus areas has been sustainability solutions, aimed at accelerating the transition to a nature positive, carbon neutral society. 

The Think2030 platform provides an excellent forum to network with likeminded organisations aiming to foster the implementation of the European Green Deal, exchange views on the topic and to provide solutions to mainstream sustainability within the EU. 

What does Sitra brings to the Think2030 platform and its activities? 

In recent years, Sitra has provided the world’s first road map to a circular economy, tools to build sustainable lifestyles, practical tools for companies to adopt circular business models, a global collaboration platform – the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) – and many initiatives on how to shift public policy and business strategy into carbon neutral and nature positive models. 

Lately, the key focus of our work has been on halting biodiversity loss, underlining the need to integrate climate and biodiversity policies into a holistic approach to set human activity within planetary boundaries. In doing this, the shift to a circular economy provides tools to tackle the root causes of unsustainable consumption and production. This work includes our landmark study Tackling root causes – Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy which quantifies the role a circular economy can play in halting global biodiversity loss across four key sectors. We’ve also funded a pilot programme for Finnish companies setting science-based targets for nature (SBTNs) and IEEP’s report on how trade policy can support the international transition to a circular economy, with many similar initiatives forthcoming. 

What do you think are the challenges and opportunities arising from the implementation of the European Green Deal? 

The EU has championed to become the first climate neutral continent, aiming to decouple economic growth from resource use and halting biodiversity loss through the Green Deal. It has set a clear direction and legislative certainty by proposing the right policies needed in the transition to a carbon-neutral circular economy. 

Much depends still on implementing the adopted proposals and those still waiting in the pipeline. Furthermore, geopolitical tensions have increased the need to boost the resilience of our societies, and here the Green Deal has the potential to play a significant role. It would also help to convince businesses and citizens of the benefits of the transition. 

The next step needed will be to fully integrate the climate, biodiversity and the circular economy agendas, in order to leverage the synergies and avoid suboptimal trade-offs. Climate, biodiversity and natural resources are facets of the same biological and geophysical systems of our planet, and the same human activities impact all of them simultaneously. Nature, both in its biotic and abiotic components, is one. Thus, the policy response to the crisis threatening nature’s capacity to sustain us must be one, too. 

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