As the climate crisis unfolds, globalisation is no longer tied simply to a logistics system that is functioning, but one that is also environmentally friendly. Solutions for this are being developed at the Kühne Center for Sustainable Trade and Logistics.
How can globalisation be made to be both sustainable and prosperous? This is one of the core questions being addressed at the Kühne Center for Sustainable Trade and Logistics in Zurich.
Credits: Uni Zürich: Vision Inspires, Marco Blessano
The importance of this independence in the controversial issue of globalisation is obvious. Whilst much of society is convinced that Germany, in particular, benefits greatly from global trade, many trade agreements are hampered by the doubts of those who think otherwise. For example, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US is on hold, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU was ratified much later by Germany.
The problem here is that there is no simple solution. Few parameters are fixed, as recently demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis, supply chain disruptions and geopolitical changes. Many interdependencies are highly complex and assessing these is also a balancing act. Is the key priority here how goods are traded most efficiently and the economic prosperity that is associated with it, or are the demo-cratic interests of people and the protection of the environment more important than economic prosperity?
The research centre, which was founded in 2019, addresses precisely these and other questions relating to the role of world trade in combating climate change. The scientists at the Kühne Center – which is based on a long-term cooperation between the Kühne Foundation and the University of Zurich – want to rethink the existing world trade system in order to pave the way for more sustainable globalisation.