We can really accelerate on the SDGs, by following three principles:
1 Give a voice to the ecosystem
2 Measure, book, and value generated impact
3 Invest in impact
"Our problem is that we differentiate between a built and a natural environment. In reality, there's just ONE: the biosphere that supports all life on earth.”
"The loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems leads to risks and offers opportunities. There is a need for companies that quantify and value its impact on biodiversity and ecosystems, to manage risks and opportunities and to enable a better future for all. "
(The Advisory Board of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity, TEEB)
We develope TUPIX®: an automated, reliable and real-time monitoring & management system. With this piece of groundbreaking technology, the environmental impact in ecosystems can be real-time measured, booked, rated and be paid for.
What's holding us back?
Worldwide, governments have provided for research and legislation, a climate agreement has been signed and incentive programs have been started. For example: standards have been set for CO2 emissions and costs of pollution can be recovered from the polluter. In reality, however, settlement usually takes place on the basis of fixed rates rather than on the basis of actual pollution. Moreover, enforcing these laws is expensive and complicated.
Moreover, when determining the contamination, often only the tip of the iceberg is visible; negative impact is often "hidden impact". The question is also, whether the global development goals will be achieved if industries only make efforts to comply with legal standards.
If we invest in a green approach, how do we value its effectiveness? We have little insight into this at the moment. Expensive reports are written manually afterward, with room for socially desirable outcomes. This way it remains unclear whether we are doing the right things.