Novozymes & Grundfos are committed to help the world meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically SDG6 (Clean Water & Sanitation) has been targeted as one the goals where we believe innovative solutions can make a difference.
Access to clean water and sanitation is not only a human right – it’s a matter of life and death. However, as the world collectively struggles to solve the global water challenges they continue to grow in size and complexity.
The hard facts are harder than ever
As the world’s population grows, with increasing urbanization, the high freshwater demand and wastewater discharge are co-located. Unfortunately, more and more so.
The hard facts are that water scarcity and quality deterioration are increasing in many regions of the world.
Today, only 1% of the Earth’s water is usable freshwater – and that number is shrinking! One out of every seven people does not have adequate access to safe water. And nearly one in four does not have access to adequate sanitation.
A thousand minds are better than one
We believe that a new kind of Open Innovation is the key that could unlock these opportunities – and ultimately, maybe even revolutionize the current market to ensure clean water for all.
We strongly recognize the need for collaboration and new inputs are needed to create these innovative solutions. Thus we seek collaboration – with academia, start-ups and companies – for technological and commercial development to make a real impact onUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water & Sanitation.
This is a huge challenge, but also a significant market opportunity – which means that solutions addressing this grave situation will both benefit mankind and provide a significant business opportunity.