On April 4, 2022, a group of United Nations experts from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) published a new report aimed at warning of the risk of global warming.
According to the IPCC, we have less than three years to reduce our CO2 emissions in order to keep the world viable. To limit warming to around 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions would need to peak before 2025 and then decrease by 43% by 2030.
The message is clear: we must fight to avoid bequeathing an irreversible climate debt to future generations.
Industry accounts for around a quarter of global emissions. Reducing industrial emissions means using materials more efficiently, reusing or recycling products, and minimizing waste.
Industrial players must integrate the recyclable nature of materials and parts into product design. Indeed, eco-design must be at the heart of the industrial approach in order to promote the development of the circular economy.
Digital transformation is an important lever for decarbonizing industry.
In recent decades, we have observed an increase in the amount of data produced by information systems.
Data is a fundamental component of digital transformation since it promotes automation, innovation and improved decision-making.
Better use of this data would make it possible both to monitor the carbon impact in real time and to gain agility in the decision-making process.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly used for decision making, prediction and anticipation. It is possible to leverage AI to manage the impact of climate change and its effects on the environment.
With artificial intelligence, we can do precision farming and our supply chains will be more sustainable.
Technologies like Blockchain would give us the ability to monitor and control compliance with environmental regulations. These innovations will make it possible to stay one step ahead by setting up reliable models for forecasting and managing meteorological and climatic disasters.
According to a study by Microsoft and PwC, AI would help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 4% by 2030, or 2.4 Gt (gigatons) of CO2 equivalent ie the equivalent of the sum of the annual emissions of Australia, Canada and Japan on the same date.
The fight against climate change also requires political will.
Between uncertain geopolitical situations, the economic repercussions of the health crisis and the scarcity of raw materials, inflation has reached historic levels. In the euro zone, annual inflation is around 7.5% in 2022.
To preserve purchasing power, public authorities are forced to put in place economic shields to the detriment of budgetary balance. The deficit continues to increase, as does the debt.
The difficulty of this equation is undeniable. Climate and financial debt are certainly two different but complementary subjects.
Edouard Philippe, former French Prime Minister says in his book Prints and Clear Lines “We often say that in politics you have to compose and that does not only apply to the constitution of governments, municipal teams or cabinets. It is also necessary to deal with the circumstances, the context, the constraints, the situations and the interlocutors. »
Environmental issues should be at the center of the political scene. More than ever, we need to raise awareness and support the population in its ecological transition.
We must promote the emergence of a local circular sector to meet the challenges of economic inclusion and sustainable growth.
We have the possibility of achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreements (COP 21) thanks to all the technological tools and financial means at our disposal today.
However, change will only be possible through the joint action of governments, the private sector and civil society.
It is our personal and collective duty to fight climate change. Each of us is part of this change. Let’s be a generation of actions rather than reactions!
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