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Top Sustainability News #4

Alexandre Risser
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500+ experts call on world’s nations to not burn forests to make energy
More than 500 experts and economists have made an international call to significant countries, such as the USA, EU, Japan, and South Korea, to stop burning forests to produce energy. In last Week's Top Sustainability News, we have already mentioned the importance of protecting forests over planting new ones. Deforestation is accelerating. “In the EU alone, nearly 60% of renewable energy already comes from forest biomass, amounting to millions of metric tons of wood pellets burned annually.” This increasing practice of using biomass to produce energy is linked to the fact that the Paris Agreement Goals tolerate it. Countries can burn wood instead of coal and match their carbon neutrality goals. However, it appears that burning biomass is emitting more greenhouse gases than burning coal. It creates a critical loophole in the countries' emissions reporting that doesn't translate the reality of their impacts. A review of the framework would be needed to change this situation. Otherwise, what would be the impact of countries' engagements that would deforest their lands to match their goals? Changes must be made. 
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These are the biggest hurdles on the path to clean energy
The 21st century's main challenge lies in the necessity to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy to reduce the human impact of global warming significantly. It is not only an environmental challenge, but also technological and surely a geopolitical one. If fossil fuels create tensions and conflicts between countries, what about other rare resources needed to develop renewable technologies and solutions? The impact is already visible in Congo, where the cobalt mines create strong instability locally through corruption, military conflicts, or child labor. The increasing need for rare resources will progressively reshape the supply chains. It may have an impact on the relationship between countries and reshape the economic and political world.

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Sustainability can help companies become more profitable: Accenture CEO
Last week, we talked about “Sustainable investments hit record highs in 2020—and they’re earning good returns.”According to Accenture’s CEO, Julie Sweet, companies with a robust sustainability strategy tend to be 2.5 fold more successful. Employees are more likely to be committed, customers are more likely to buy sustainable products, and investors will find it attractive. This positive green circle plays a role in the success of a sustainable business. She also shared that nowadays, all new companies should consider sustainability to develop products and services further. As we can see, sustainability, initially seen as a cost, is progressively becoming a value for companies and customers, and workers. 

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Incroyable mais vert!
Cette semaine, l'ADEME a publié un document intitulé “Incroyable mais vert!” Il fait partie de l’initiative Relance France dont l’objectif est de permettre le financement de projets de transition écologique. Il permet à l’ADEME de soutenir des initiatives pour les thématiques suivantes : décarbonation de l’industrie, le déploiement de l’hydrogène renouvelable bas carbone, le recyclage des plastiques et l’économie circulaire, la dépollution pour la reconversion des friches, les démarches écologiques des TPE/PME, le tourisme durable. Cette subvention peut atteindre jusqu’à 100.000 euros d’aide pour un projet de transition écologique d’une TPE/PME. Découvrez plus d'informations sur le lien de présentation de l’initiative. 

Source du post : https://www.ademe.fr/incroyable-vert

Article written by Alexandre Risser