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[Inside story] Zero: the new magic number for climate action

“Zero carbon” or “Zero waste” … these are the new keywords for communities and companies in regard to the fight against climate change. If we hope to achieve the Paris Agreement objectives, carbon neutrality is a necessity before the end of the century. But what’s really behind this magic number...

For the World Bank, no fight against Climate change without a price on carbon

The fight against climate change necessarily involves a pricing of greenhouse gases emitted, and therefore carbon, said Wednesday the Director General of the World Bank on the sidelines of a meeting of the G7 on the environment.

Global investors worth a combined $6 trillion are choosing to divest from fossil fuels

The Divest-Invest movement, calling for the exclusion of fossil fuels, continues its popularity seven years after its launch. 1,000 investors, holding a combined $6,240 trillion in assets, have publicly announced that they will no longer finance fossil fuels. All that remains is to transform this...

Global Climate Action Summit: the planet climate between voluntarism and catastrophism

The global climate summit in San Francisco ended September 14. Mayors, governors, businesses and NGOs from around the world have called on world leaders to do more in the next two years to limit global warming.

The largest sovereign fund in the world pledges to save the ocean from plastic pollution

Plastic pollution in the ocean is increasingly troubling...so much so that the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the largest sovereign fund in the world, has just pledged to protect it. This is a noteworthy act, as the fund is present in more than 9000 companies worldwide.

Ecological transition: an opportunity worth $26 trillion and 65 million jobs by 2030

This is according to a report that the new French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, François de Rugy, will be examining closely. In any case, it could be very useful in convincing his colleagues of the importance in fighting against climate change. According to the Global Commission...

THE “WEINSTEIN CLAUSE” GROWS IN POPULARITY ON WALL STREET

Despite being accused of numerous rapes and sexual assault, producer Harvey Weinstein is being named after a new legal provision called, the "Weinstein Clause". Having recently been introduced in several corporate purchase contracts, the clause guarantees investors that the company in question is...

Carrefour engages key players in its sustainable food transition

Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, did not choose the members of the food advisory committee at random. Maxime de Rostolan of Fermes d'Avenir, Emmanuel Faber of Danone, and Lucie Basch of the application Too Good To Go, are all part of this recently launched committee. The global distributor...

Why blockchain is not the key to a fast fashion revolution

After finance and food, blockchain is infiltrating the fashion industry. This technological tool could influence the entire brand supply chain, pushing the fashion industry to change their practices, including the working conditions of textile workers. Even so, respecting human rights is not a...

The world’s largest companies are betting on renewable energy for long-term growth

Large companies have already purchased more renewable energy since the beginning of the year than all of 2017, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF) study, published in August. They purchased 7.2GW of renewable energy compared to 5.4GW in 2017 via long-term contracts. This is seen as a...

The World Bank turns to blockchain to improve efficiency and transparency

Blockchain is seen as an effective tool for financing projects in developing countries, according to the World Bank, which successfully tested its first blockchain-based bond. The multilateral bank has raised twice as she thought initially: about 80 millions USD.

Towards a binding international human rights treaty for transnational corporations?

A United Nations working group has just published the first draft of an international treaty obliging transnational corporations to respect human rights. It should serve as a basis for negotiations in Geneva, which will begin in October. But the basis of this text is not without pitfalls…

[Inside story] Danone boycott in morocco: five lessons to draw from the crisis

Since 20 April, three companies have been the target of a boycott of unprecedented scale in Morocco: Sidi Ali mineral water, Afriquia gas stations and Danone dairy products. According to supporters of the movement, these three companies offer commodities that are too expensive, operate in a virtual...

Building heat-resistant cities

European cities are not known for withstanding the heat. On the contrary, the materials used to construct cities, the layout, the roads, only aggravate the heat bubbles existing in urban areas. Solutions exist to burst these bubbles, but it requires us to rethink urban architecture and greening...

Homebiogas, the small home digester for developping countries

Anaerobic digestion is becoming widespread in the agricultural sector, but is struggling to enter homes. HomeBiogas found the solution with a human-sized digester in the shape of a tent. Connected to a gas stove, the device can provide up to two hours of cooking gas per day. Engie has invested in...

Global warming: a point of no return for the planet?

The transition to a green economy is urgent now more than ever in order to save the Earth. Pollution from fossil fuels is likely to push the planet in a constant and dangerous state of warming, international researchers warned on 6 August. Such realities suggest a point of no return.

Kofi Annan, father of the Global Compact

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations died on August 18. We know the great diplomat but we know less about the fact that he is at the origin of the Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment.

No country on track to achieve sustainable development goals (sdgs)

Adopted with great acclaim three years ago, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new benchmark for sustainability, are struggling to translate into government budgets and policies. A new ranking puts Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the lead, with France following in fifth place.

Major French companies commit to biodiversity

On 10 July, 65 companies committed to the Act4Nature initiative. This initiative launched by the French private sector with NGOs is designed to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity. It could also be a first step for an international mobilisation.

Bitcoin: the Financial Stability Board prepares for cryptocurrency risks

Without being alarmist, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is set to launch a cryptocurrency monitoring committee. Studying the volatility of these currencies, and the technologies that support them, will make it possible to better anticipate possible risks. President Emmanuel Macron has already...