The Hoffmann Centre’s mission is to accelerate the uptake of smart policies, technologies and business models that will reshape the world’s demand for resources and transform the global economy.

Ensuring human well-being while safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources is one of the defining challenges of our time. Our goal is to build a sustainable resource economy, in which the world’s citizens and environment thrive together, now and in the future.

Based at Chatham House, with trusted evidence and insightful analysis, we bring clarity to complex issues, spark debate, and ignite innovation that has far-reaching benefits for the environment and populations around the world.

Introducing the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy

Bringing change to an interconnected economic order

The Hoffmann Centre, with the generous support of the MAVA Foundation, focuses on three interlocking opportunities:

Shifting demand

Questions of availability and cost have been central to resource policy thinking and practice. Today, new technologies and big data make it possible to harness opportunities to reconfigure future economic activities, including patterns of demand and consumption. It is imperative to make sure that these drive sustainability and inclusive growth.   

New industrial revolution

Digitalization, big data, the circular economy and the rise of the ‘sharing’ economy are redefining models of production and consumption across the world. These new models must be aligned with sustainability and deep decarbonization initiatives to ensure a sustainable future.

Regenerative land economy

Land is central to many critical needs, ranging from food security to climate change, to our innate need to interact with nature. But these often-competing demands are far from easy to reconcile. Whether these social and environmental needs can be met, will depend on how we navigate the land economy and resolve conflicts over which takes priority.

Building coalitions based on evidence and know-how

The Hoffmann Centre works with thought-leaders in politics, business and research to identify new technological solutions and business models that can reshape the demand for resources.

The Centre draws on innovative research, inclusive dialogues and cross-border initiatives to drive:

  • Systemic shifts in meeting future resource needs;
  • An industrial revolution driven by deep decarbonization; and
  • Sustainable strategies that will deliver nutrition, water and climate security.

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