Thematic areas for the future
Defining assumptions to describe important characteristics of a conceivable scenario for 2050 was one of the key tasks of the "Fibres & Paper 2030" project. The project team identified eight realistic thematic areas: nutrition, health & hygiene, mobility, information/communication/education/knowledge, logistics, future cities & architecture, living & working, and general conditions. This basic scenario was documented for the subsequent project work in the form of 106 premises, i.e. assumptions derived from studies on future issues that had been carried out in other sectors.
In six brainstorming workshops, 103 participants from various fields and sectors looked back from the year 2050 on 2030 and even further behind towards 2015. They developed almost 1500 concrete ideas for future business opportunities, which were consolidated and evaluated to leave a total of 640. 375 ideas were considered to be directly related to paper because they could be realised with the know-how currently available in the paper chain. 265 ideas were indirectly related to paper, which means they are recognizable as attractive future demands but require further research to clarify how future paper materials can contribute to meeting them.