Sara Hernandez Consulting Limited is an independent company for consultancy and R&D in green growth strategies

  

 

 

Resilience

an imperative for our economies and social policies


Bio-innovation

the key to competitiveness and performance 

 


Tools for the economy and responsible finance

Resilience : an imperative for our economies and social policies

The effect of climate change, the erosion of biodiversity, the depletion of natural resources, increased pollution, food shortages, risks to food security and health ... these global environmental challenges are imposing new economic, financial, human and developmental constraints.  Economic crises accentuate these constraints and also clearly highlight social inequalities in the distribution of wealth. In this context, sustainability becomes an issue for all economic agencies and society as a whole. Turning towards to a resilient economy is imperative for the future of our economic and developmental policies. This can be characterised by:

  •  Bringing economic and social relations into the limits of the natural system, as a response to the sustainability crisis. 
  • Rethinking / modifying our organizational systems, within relevant decision-making spectrum, to bind together economic performance and social inclusion, with a view to achieve collective action and territorial solidarity.
  •  To make knowledge of the living world a pillar of economic opportunity that reconciles innovation (both technological and social) and human development. 

A resilient economy is synonymous with sustainability and is adaptable to change, and creates value for businesses and regions. To this end, public and private decision-makers must move to anticipate and evaluate the effectiveness of their actions, allowing experimentation and social innovation; the business models arising from these transformations combine both economic performance and socially useful objectives.

Bio-innovation: the key to competitiveness and performance 

The drivers of growth and development must no longer be fuelled by the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation. Innovation is the cornerstone of this transition both for businesses and the regions. In addition to the competitiveness it promotes, innovation transforms the productive structures and facilities of a region and a country. It makes it possible to move towards supply chains that are more resource-efficient, (in materials and energy) in processes, products and practices, which are more environmentally responsible, as is their social impact.

Innovation from biodiversity (bio-innovation), is a means of value creation, via the many applications that it offers to companies and regions. Bio-innovation involves change (breakdown or improvement) in production and consumption patterns, and covers broad areas of intervention, including : 

• Innovation based on the function of nature (ecological engineering, phytoremediation, green infrastructure)

• Innovation based on inspiration and mimicry (bio-mimicry)

• Innovation in the economic and political structure of an economy low in carbon and rich in biomass (bio-economy)

Tools for the economy and responsible finance : a decision-making lever for socially responsible green growth 

Our firm leverages its expertise in decision-making tools to support its clients in the evaluation process, in the mobilization of innovative economic instruments and financing mechanisms, and in the implementation of strategies for green growth in resilient regions. 

Beginning with a basket of dedicated indicators, our approach measures the economic, environmental and social impact of programs, action plans, investment plans, transitional strategies. The analyses are also based on spatial and geo-referenced analyses, which are employed particularly to support our simulation models on the effects of investment on ecosystem services