Can R&D alone meet climate goals?

New report calls for “unprecedented nature-positive innovation”

8th November 2022

As governments across the UK assess how to deliver on a series of pressing and ambitious targets for air, water, nature and climate, the Nature Positive Innovation Commission warns that a narrow focus on “financing research and development, and technology deployment” will not deliver on ambitions, and urges a shift towards “unprecedented nature-positive innovation” across policy and practice in a new report.

The report, launched in Westminster and supported by WWF, NFFN, CEN, NFU, FFCC and others shows how innovation can be applied to policy development, business models, product design, organisations and markets.

To be successful, the report recommends that innovation should:

  • Improve nature’s diversity and resilience
  • Provide lasting economic/social benefits
  • Be co-created with local stakeholders
  • Be driven by local and scientific evidence

FFCC welcomes this focus on a broad and ambitious approach to innovation, and the report’s recommendation of a “strategic policy framework” for land. This aligns with our work towards a Land Use Framework which aims to find better ways to make decisions and manage competing demands on land.