The unprecedented pace and scale of economic development in emerging markets means demand for resources is surging even as new supplies of energy and minerals are becoming more difficult and expensive to extract.

In addition, there are major risks from climate change and the environmental pressures of groundwater depletion, air pollution, and unsustainable management of fisheries. Governments in many parts of the world also face fiscal pressure from the mounting cost of resource subsidies and challenges with ensuring access to basic resources such as energy and water. For example, almost 25 million Indonesians could still lack access to safe water by 2030 unless more work is done.

This is a daunting list of challenges, but a new approach is possible and could generate tremendous economic value. Globally, AlphaBeta has identified opportunities worth over US$11 trillion in 2030 which are consistent with a sustainable development pathway. AlphaBeta works with corporations, investors, governments and NGOs on areas such as natural resource productivity, food supply, renewable energy development, and sustainable management of natural resources, include forests and water.



Relevant Publications

Valuing the SDG Prize in Food and Agriculture

Prepared for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission by AlphaBeta. The food system to 2030 is faced with a number of challenges related to innovation, demand, supply and regulation. A…


Tropical forests: Can profit and protection go hand in hand?

World Economic Forum, by Fraser Thompson. There is a perception that sustainable land use and forest conservation come at the cost of economic prosperity. New research finds that this is…


Australian Economic Update – Is Australia still a developed country?

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