5 June

Are you prepared to seize new BSR sustainability and collaboration opportunities? Join our Webinar on June 5th!

Do you want to get an idea about why you should be two steps ahead in the consumer cleantech field? What better day than the World Environment Day to discuss opportunities for environmental action around the Baltic Sea region!

We would like to invite business support organizations, corporations, investors, smartups, NGOs and other stakeholders to a webinar on June 5th at 9.00 – 10.30 CET (click here to convert to your local time). During the webinar, you’ll learn more about

  • The SmartUp Accelerator project and the BSR network for consumer cleantech
  • What you can achieve through collaboration and joining the network
  • Sustainability trends in society and consumer behaviour. 
  • Policies and political perspectives on the future of sustainable consumption and production. 

Welcome to register to join us and listen to our inspirational speakers! Scroll down to find out who they are and what they will talk about.

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Francesca Grossi

Francesca will share insights on how sustainable consumption lifestyles and behaviours could be further mainstream in our societies looking into existing trends, drivers, and needed enablers. Is your organization prepared to meet the needs and trends of the future?

As consumers, we hold the key to creating a sustainable, equitable and healthier future. The way we live, eat and travel and associated social, technological and business innovations shape our lifestyles and daily consumption patterns. Although changes in our daily behaviours are increasingly leading towards better choices, these changes are still not happening fast enough and are often still occurring at a relative small-scale. How do consumers understand sustainability and why can there be a gap between their values and actions? Why is this relationship so complex and what kind of tools can be used to support more sustainable consumption patterns? In her presentation, Francesca will illustrate the importance of evaluating and deciphering existing consumers trends and behaviours to tackle consumption impacts and share insights on drivers, enablers and helpful approaches on new and promising ideas effecting change.  

About Francesca

Francesca_Grossi_01Francesca works for The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) – an international nonprofit Think and Do tank that works with businesses, policy makers, partner organisations and civil society towards a good life.

Francesca has been working as a researcher and project manager for the CSCP since 2010. Throughout this time, she has been coordinating European projects, conducting in-depth action research analyses, developing innovative methodologies and tools as well as planning and implementing multi-stakeholder interactions within the fields of eco-innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship, the circular economy, climate smart agriculture and sustainable cities and lifestyles.

Francesca has also been actively involved in the development of training material for the financial sector, business associations, and SMEs in developing countries. She has produced several transnational studies focusing on the untapped potentials of energy and resource efficiency strategies, and on the impacts of circular economy policies on economic, environmental and social benefits linked to these innovative solutions.

Francesca is currently working on projects facilitating efficient communication and interaction between policy makers, administrative agencies and the scientific community to create more sustainable, equitable and healthier lifestyles in Europe.

Tobias Degsell

If you want to increase your chances of success, collaboration is the key. And while this might sound easy, it’s not. Most collaborations fail. The problem can be boiled down to a couple of critical points.

Things were not better in the past. If we compare the world today with the world in 1901, when the first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was held, the world today is clearly a much better place.

Today’s rapid technological development fundamentally changes society. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Space Colonization, 3D Printing, Medical Innovations, High-Speed Travel, Robotics, Blockchain Technology, Autonomous Vehicles. The list goes on and on. And even though Mr. Degsell really likes tech, and has a microchip embedded in his left hand, this presentation will focus on human potential and achievements. Because technology is not the answer to everything. Technology is just one side of the coin. On the other side of the coin we find Creativity, a human quality that exists in every single one of us.

About Tobias
Tobias Degsell

Tobias Degsell likes data, sees the world through patterns, and has a gift for brilliantly “explaining complex stuff in simple words”. People call him Change Maker, Collaboration Evangelist and Thought Leader. One of the Big Five Tech Companies even labeled him as a Gold Finder. But Tobias Degsell doesn’t care about titles. He just loves to inspire diverse teams to face reality, problem-solve, and contribute innovative solutions, no matter what. He believes in bridges. If he can add at least one “brick” to a bridge that helps span a gap somewhere, he is satisfied.

Before founding his own business, Combiner, Tobias Degsell worked as a curator at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm. For several years he studied all the Nobel Laureates in order to try to understand how they managed to take their ideas to reality. Nowadays he helps companies and organisations all over the world to think and act new.

Claudia Fusco

Claudia will share insights about how to support eco-innovation from the European policy perspective.

About Claudia
claudia 2 Ms. Claudia Fusco is currently the Head of Unit responsible for Environmental Knowledge, Eco-Innovation, Small and Medium-size Enterprises and Green Cities in the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission.  After a two-year period of secondment from the Italian Customs administration, she joined the European Commission at the end of 2002 and has since then worked in several Directorates-General developing and coordinating a variety of European Union policy areas such as Transport, Energy, Industry and Internal Market.  Her experience includes inter alia the handling of state aid cases in the transport sector and the development of aviation security legislation; the coordination of infringement procedure in the electricity and gas field; the promotion of small and medium-size enterprises policy and the development of a more circular economy and protection of the environment.

At present, she is responsible for improving the environmental knowledge and evidence base for EU Environment Policies, including the development of a systematic approach to risk, and to develop EU policies on the urban environment, in particular on noise. She is also responsible for the relations with the European Environment Agency and for supporting and developing tools for SMEs to entirely benefit from the opportunities offered by the transition to a green economy.

Ms. Fusco holds a Law degree, has studied European Union Law and has a PhD in Public Finance.