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The World We Want!

A century old proverb in the shipping industry goes; “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable”.

In DNV GL we have a vision of “Global Impact for a Safe and Sustainable Future”.

Through research, discussions and active engagement of forward looking people from all sectors of society and geographies – we have together formulated some aspirations for what “A Safe and Sustainable Future” may look like.

Here’s a short recap of how we envision the world to look like in 2050.

The world we want – an environment in balance

  • The world has avoided run-away climate change and restricted global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius, with atmospheric CO2 concentration around 350 ppm through global emission reductions of 50 – 80 %.
  • We have reversed the current rate of ecosystem degradation.
  • Widespread deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency measures provide for a low carbon society. Renewables constitute for the major part of the global energy supply.
  • Natural capital is appropriately valued and costs are internalized in markets.
  • The value of water is recognized and paid for. Global freshwater use is prudently managed and does not exceed 4000 km3.
  • An involved agriculture sector feeds an additional 3 billion people while using less energy and water and avoiding land degradation.
  • We have reduced the levels of resource extraction, consumption and waste as part of moving towards a circular economy.

The world we want – a stable and prosperous society

  • The world population has stabilized at sustainable numbers as a result of access to family planning and healthcare, empowerment of women and wider access to education.
  • Extreme poverty has been eliminated.
  • We have achieved long term food security globally
  • All people have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
  • There are universal access to good quality healthcare service
  • There are universal access to primary and secondary education
  • A thriving and inclusive economy provides all people with a chance for work, helping to reduce income and gender inequality.
  • There is no tolerance for child or forced labour.
  • Cultural diversity is fostered and encouraged with innovation, art and entrepreneurship valued.
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015 have all been met.

The world we want – a green, inclusive and regenerative economy

  • Wealth and progress is no longer measured by GDP alone.
  • Financial markets internationally seek to create social, environmental and economic value along with financial returns.
  • Business factor in all their outputs including negative social and environmental impacts which are no longer seen as “external” to the balance sheet.
  • A circular economy has been established with materials used efficiently so that embedded resources are not lost.
  • Labour practices are sound, with industries striving to provide healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling working conditions.
  • Economies are more decentralized, operating with greater focus on local production, local ownership and local markets.
  • Climate-smart policies are in place to stabilize global emissions, enhance development, reduce vulnerabilities and finance low carbon growth.
  • Sustainable performance is incentivized and perverse subsidies that lead to environmental and social damage have been eliminated.


Luckily, the future is the outcome of the millions of choices we as individual make every day. As human activity is the main cause of the situation we are in – it is human activity that will drive us forward towards the world we want.

Act NOW, the Arctic is melting

Climate change is a growing threat and a challenge that must be understood in a global perspective. Polar Regions such as Svalbard are in many ways at the forefront when it comes to facing these challenges, as this is where the effects of climate change are first observed. Perhaps even more alarming, it is expected that the effects will be more radical and develop faster in these areas than anywhere else.

DNV GL is a proud supporter of The Ny-Ålesund Symposium 2014 which will take place in Svalbard next week. The Symposium is an important forum that will facilitate decision making for our common future, in a setting that truly emphasizes the significance and gravity of this task.

We will present our vision and aspirations for the future at the Symposium and we look forward to get feedback and guidance to an even better understanding of the pathways for change.

A meaningful purpose, an inspiring vision and clear values hold the power of guiding organizations forward. Our purpose “Safeguarding Life Property and the Environment” together with  our vision “Global Impact for a Safe and Sustainable Future” guide us to the right port.

We know which wind is favorable to shape the world we want.

I would love to hear your input, reflections and idea’s to our vision and aspiration for the future.

This is my second blog post in a series about enabling the transition towards a safe and sustainable future. You can learn more about my previous post on the business as usual trends here.

Stay tuned for more insight about barriers, challenges, and the pathways to change and download the entire report here

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