Volterra Ecosystems in Achieving Growth Within study

The report Achieving Growth Within, written by SYSTEMIQ in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and sponsored by the SUN Foundation, identifies priority investment opportunities that could provide a major source of regenerative growth and unlock economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as mitigating the risks associated with investing in conventional assets in an era of rapid change. The report was launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2017.

Achieving Growth Within identifies investment ‘hot spots’ which would, by 2025, create an additional 7% GDP growth, reduce raw material consumption by an additional 10%, and produce 17% lower annual CO2 emissions, compared with the current development path. These hotspots can be found in several sectors.

Volterra actively contributed to the Food 'hot spot', expected to scale rapidly and generate €70 billion in new investment by 2025: 

  • shifting towards agricultural practices that regenerate soil and ecosystems;
  • scaling nutrient and energy recovery from waste;
  • scaling indoor urban farming methods;
  • developing new protein sources

Click for a summary of the document dealing with "regenerative agriculture".

These ‘hot spots’ are in line with the EU’s long term circular economy strategy and could be kick-started with modest enabling action by policymakers at European, national, regional and city level. Such action is needed to create a policy framework that sets clear direction, removes barriers and facilitates cooperation and innovation, and re-focuses public procurement, investment and existing subsidies towards the priorities identified. Click here for the full report.