Society is becoming globalized against a backdrop of technological change and growing concerns as to the sustainability of development. How can we prepare for a world of 10 billion people in which everyone gets a chance to benefit from scientific and technological progress, while also consuming, sharing out and, above all, saving natural resources, improving health, taking up the challenges of education and safety and establishing rewarding social relationships?
Energy transition and the circular economy
Our challenge is to invent this future that is more sparing in its use of resources and its disposal of waste.Although it is not yet a reality, it is very much in gestation in our cities. It can be seen here or there in low-consumption cities and smart networks. Within this framework, materials and production technologiesalso have a great social and economic incidence. They allow the development of new solutions and can improve performances throughout the production sector, as well as in areas such as health, building and agriculture.
The challenges of energy transition and digital metamorphosis overlap in many ways, most notably through the growing inter-connection between energy and information networks and the growing share of digital industries in global energy consumption
Combining vibrant business activities and supervision
Innovation constitutes a key factor in added value for the French economy, as well as providing a way of setting itself apart from the emerging economies. The economic crisis and global challenges are making innovation more acutely important to provide sustainable growth in France. The rules and theories we are working with were defined in times of strong growth and expansion. Today’s world is a different one and we need to consider other points of view, other methods and other organizations to innovate.
We need to be able to rely on the ability of the younger generations to make their contribution tomorrow to the innovation ecosystem as entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers, investors or consumer. To foster the spirit of enterprise, raising awareness among young people of science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, is a key issue.