“Our food reserves are at a 50-year low, but by 2030 we need to be producing 50% more food. At the same time, we will need 50% more energy, and 30% more fresh water… You can't think about dealing with one without considering the others. We must deal with all of these together." - John Beddington, UK Government’s Chief Scientist
There is growing recognition that our global economy is unsustainable and many people predict a ‘perfect storm’ of food, energy and water shortages converging in 2030. Underlying this are deep long-term trends such as population growth, climate change, persistent poverty and poor health. Governments and business are beginning to take action. Yet we struggle to understand what is meant by a sustainable economy. And how do you turn sustainability risks into opportunities? Both Innovate UK and Aviva Investors have been engaging with these issues proactively and in response we’ve come up with something called Horizons (originally called the Sustainable Economy Framework).