This report, Facts and Trends Towards 2050, describes the short-term supply and demand situation for different resources. The information was gatheredt hrough interviews with and consultation between a large number of companies represented in work groupsfocusing on five sectors: Input Goods, Infrastructure,Consumer Products, Capital Goods/Durables and Food. A Steering Committee has coordinated and supervised the project work, with Björn Stigson as Senior Advisor and Caroline Ankarcrona of IVA as Project Director.

Facts and Trends Towards 2050 addresses the challenges involved in improving resource efficiency, but also the opportunities such as the technological advances that are being made. The problem of balance is also covered; for example, the choice between more efficient resource usage and short-term profitability. The importance of understanding how dynamic today’s business models need to be is also emphasised.

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