Zero doesn’t always signify nothing. Zero-emissions cars, for instance, are a big step in the right direction. If it refers to tailpipe emissions, for example, the zero is a major positive for local air quality.
We’re attempting to go one step further. We’ve set the goal to create a climate-neutral car. And we’re attempting to do it by 2030. Yes, we know how soon that is, and how challenging this goal (dubbed the Polestar 0 project), will be to achieve. But we also know how imperative it is that we succeed.
Zeroes, then, can be more than nothing. They can be something to aspire to. Something to strive for. Something to design towards.
Polestar Head of Sustainability Fredrika Klarén clarifies it all above.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.
Time is running out. To stay within the 1.5-degree target, we need to take immediate action. In the quest for circularity, transitioning to electric transport is one of several imperative steps. This step calls for a change in behaviour, from people, businesses, and governments. Because frankly, we don’t have time not to.