Financial Centre Futures - In safe hands - The future of financial services

“We have chosen 40 years, i.e. to 2050, as our
timescale. This allows us to explore a number of
potential economic, social and technological
challenges and discontinuities. These
discontinuitiesmean that individualsmaymake
previously unthinkable choices about their life,
potentially creating newparadigms for the
economy and for society.”

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Energy to 2050 - Scenarios for a sustainable future

With this book, the IEA explores a longer time horizon using two types of
long-term scenarios: "exploratory scenarios" and "normative scenarios".
Exploratory scenarios are based on the correct identification of a few
critical uncertainty factors and are designed to explore several plausible
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Energy to 2050: Scenarios for a Sustainable Future
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Energy to 2050: Scenarios for a Sustainable Future
future configurations of the world, based on different expectations of

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Transforming Pensions and Healthcare in a Rapidly Aging World

Based on the output of the Scenarios in 2030, this report highlights 11 options to better cater for the changing retirement and healthcare expectations, especially in the current time when resources are stretched. The report makes the case for an integrated response and looks at pensions and healthcare in tandem for future sustainability and suggests solutions from the opportunities rather than challenges and risks. 

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Charting our Water Future 2030: Economic frameworks to inform decision making

The world is increasingly turning its attention to the issue of water scarcity. Many countries
face water scarcity as a fundamental challenge to their economic and social development; by
2030 over a third of the world population will be living in river basins that will have to cope
with significant water stress, including many of the countries and regions that drive global
economic growth.
Across the globe, policy makers, civil society and the business sector are increasingly

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Water - a global innovation outlook report

For a species that prides itself on scientific
discovery, we know startlingly little about
the resource that is most crucial to our
survival: water. 11
This lack of understanding applies not just
to the layperson who unquestioningly
consumes water. But also to the scientists,
academics, businesspeople and
policymakers who study water for a living.
“To make any progress, we experts must first admit our
own ignorance,” says John Cronin, Director and CEO of The
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. “We don’t know

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What the future holds: Insurance 2020

On January 1, 2000 the global economy was peaking, with booming stock and labor markets.
The Internet was changing everything from how consumers bought insurance to how aircraft
manufacturers bought supplies. Then, the dot com boom quickly went bust and terrorists
attacked the World Trade Center. After an extended slump, western economies recovered
from these shocks and reached new peaks in mid-2007, only to crash again in the most severe
economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unlike previous cycles, emerging economies

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What ambitions for European defence in 2020

What Ambitions for European Defence in 2020? ran out of print within a month of publication, and many orders for copies were left outstanding. Instead of immediately ordering
a reprint, a slightly revised edition giving all contributors the chance to refresh their
conclusions in the light of the Irish Lisbon Treaty referendum results was decided as a

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World Energy Technology Outlook 2050

WETO-H2 is structured around a business-as-usual case, and features two specific scenarios
that reflect the political will of Europe to be at the forefront of the struggle against climate
change and to promote new clean energy technologies:
The “reference case” describes the developments of the world energy system up to 2050, and
the related CO2 emissions assuming a continuation of existing economic and technological
trends. Without determined action, energy demand will double and electricity demand will

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Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 - Pathways to a Clean Energy System

Technologies can and must play an integral role in transforming the energy
system. The 2012 edition of Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP 2012) shows clearly
that a technological transformation of the energy system is still possible, despite current
trends. The integrated use of key existing technologies would make it possible to reduce
dependency on imported fossil fuels or on limited domestic resources, decarbonise
electricity, enhance energy effi ciency and reduce emissions in the industry, transport

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