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Towards the Next Production Revolution


“The job market of the future will consist of those jobs that robots cannot perform. Our blue-collar work is pattern recognition, making sense of what you see. Gardeners will still have jobs because every garden is different. The same goes for construction workers. The losers are white-collar workers, low-level accountants, brokers, and agents”. Michio Kaku

What is the Next Production Revolution?

Make no mistake, our civilisation is rapidly heading towards the next production revolution (NPR). The NPR entails a confluence of technologies ranging from a variety of digital technologies (e.g. 3D printing, Internet of Things, advanced robotics) to new materials to new processes (e.g. data driven production, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology). These technologies will be available in the near future and will have far-reaching consequences for productivity, skills, income distribution, well-being and the environment.

NPR – a G7 priority policy in the context of innovation & sustainable development

In addition to the above, growing levels of unemployment, rising populism and increasing scepticism from citizens of their governments’ ability to deliver, is prompting the G7 to make Innovation, Skills and Labor in the Age of NPR a key policy. To safeguard the future of sustainable development, a global, coordinated, intergenerational effort is underway to make innovation the catalyst of worldwide prosperity and inclusive growth.

What is the G7’s strategy in pursuing a fair transition towards the NPR?

To ensure an orderly transition, the G7 is adopting a wide range of pragmatic and long-sighted industrial and social policies. This, to engender the strongest possible engagement with the stakeholders of innovation, through Industry 4.0 and new production models that will:

–         Identify and Spread New Skills

–         Improve Welfare Systems & Labour Policy

–         Ensure Everyone Benefits from the Digital Revolution


With Target Areas being:

–         Production Innovation

–         Knowledge Based Capital and Enabling Infrastructures

–         Future of Work and Welfare Systems

Industry 4.0 & its relevance to sustainable manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. It will provide immense opportunities for the realization of sustainable manufacturing, in which a large and growing number of manufacturers are realizing substantial financial and environmental benefits from sustainable business practices.

CCTNE in its support of the G7’s NPR policy, will be promoting sustainable manufacturing in the forthcoming G7 Edition. We would welcome industry thought leaders with relevant expertise to contribute their vision on how the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes minimizes negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.

Industrie 4.0 – The Fourth Industrial Revolution

About Climate Change – The New Economy:

CLIMATE CHANGEThe New Economy will be working with all the main stakeholders from now until May 2017, setting the tone for a successful outcome during the G7 process by bringing together all the key players to have their say on the key issues, challenges and structures that are needed for success today and beyond Taormina, Sicily, Italy.

The introduction will be written by the G7 President, Paolo Gentiloni, the Prime Minister of Italy.

The foreword will be provided by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of The UNFCCC, ensuring that this will be a truly historical publication and event.

G7 Summit

For further details, please contact:

James D. Butler – Business Development Director

CLIMATE CHANGE – The New Economy


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