The World Demands
International environmental requirements
Based on UN:s sustainability goals, Sweden is working with 16 environmental quality goals that shall provide structure to the nation's environmental efforts. The development of lightweight techniques are directly affected by several of these goals, such as Limited Environmental Impact, Fresh Air and Natural Acidification Only.
In the spring 2016, the Swedish government introduced a strategy for new industrialisation focusing on four areas: digitalisation, sustainable production, competence support and test beds. All of these are highly relevant in further strengthening the development of lightweight solutions in Sweden.
In its ten political priorities, the Juncker Commission has lifted both energy effectiveness and circular economy as central areas for development.
For branches such as the automative and the flight industry, the European Commission has set high goals that regulate market requirements. For instance, in their research agenda, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) are aiming to reach a 40 percent decrease of carbon dioxide per tonne load and kilometer by 2030 compared to 2010.
Flightpath 2050 is Europe's vision for the flight industry and contain goals such as 75 percent less emissions of carbon dioxide per passenger kilometer, and 90 percent less emissions of nitrogen dioxide.