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June 2020 European Union: Five years to deliver the Green Deal Lola Vallejo, Nicolas Berghmans

The political guidelines for the new Commission (2019-2024), proposed by Ursual von der Leyen highlights (six)1 key political fields. Among them, the first one is to build a European Green Deal for a climate-neutral2 EU in her first 100 days in office that is further elaborated in the mission letter to Frans Timmermans. At its […]

June 2020 Battle over cocoa prices: a missed opportunity for a fairer and more sustainable chocolate Frédéric Amiel

A last-ditch action The three-week threat by Ivory Coast and Ghana of a blockage of cocoa sales for the 2020-2021 season (production is generally sold several months in advance on futures markets) marked a turning point in a sector historically characterised by a balance of power unfavourable to producers. While the price, set on international […]

June 2020 The ongoing biodiversity loss and how it can be stopped Yann Laurans, Aleksandar Rankovic

Key Messages The Global Assessment shows that biodiversity collapse on the continents is primarily due to land use changes related to agriculture, particuarly linked to the increased consumption of animal products. Regarding oceans, pressure from fisheries is the main cause of the decline. This suggests the adoption of commitments relating to food and agricultural systems. […]

June 2020 Atlas de l’Anthropocène François Gemenne, Aleksandar Rankovic, Thomas Ansart, Benoît Martin, Patrice Mitrano, Antoine Rio

Climate change, biodiversity erosion, demographic change, urbanisation, air pollution, soil degradation, natural disasters, industrial accidents, health crises, social mobilisations, international summits… This is the first atlas gathering all the data on the ecological crisis of our time.  Book available at Les Presses de SciencesPo

June 2020 Industrial Transformation 2050 Tomas Wyns, Gauri Khandekar, Matilda Axelson, Oliver Sartor, Karsten Neuhoff

Key messages An industrial strategy for climate neutrality Align innovation, lead markets, circular economy, infrastructure and investment instruments into a comprehensive industrial strategy   This strategy will haveto be mission oriented, with low-carbon innovation and deployment at its heart.   It will have to go beyond maintaining existing industrial relationships and value-chains and strive towards […]

June 2020 The Citizens’ Climate Convention: what for? Sébastien Treyer

It is clear that the ecological transition is not progressing or transforming the society as rapidly as needed, a fact we demonstrated in a study published towards the end of 2018. Topics such as the electricity mix and the carbon tax have drawn considerable attention and controversy. Experts and academics have identified the level of […]

June 2020 How can developing countries reduce methane emissions? Benoît Blanc

Methane, a greenhouse gas forgotten in the fight against climate change? For the last 10 years, each year, 10 Mt of methane2 have been emitted more than the chemical reactions in the atmosphere can degrade, and the atmospheric concentration of this pollutant has increased,3 placing it on a warming trajectory at 4°C. It is therefore […]

June 2020 Regional Ocean Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Glen Wright, Julien Rochette

Extract Ongoing initiatives aiming to strengthen governance of ABNJ through cooperation at the regional level include: The “Collective Arrangement for the North-East Atlantic” The Sargasso Sea Commission The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) Cooperation through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations Read the Spanish version

June 2020 Lettre à l’Europe Sébastien Treyer

Extrait [en anglais] The Union has to be able to present itself as a global champion of sustainability, while ensuring that all member states implement a just transition without free-riders, negotiating fair conditions of competition with trade partners and guiding allocation of its development investments outside Europe. Lire la lettre dans le magazine ECDPM Great […]

June 2020 Pour un cacao sans déforestation: performance des labels et des actions d’entreprises Frédéric Amiel, Yann Laurans

Messages clés Les labels bio et équitables présentent certains résultats intéressants en termes de soutien aux producteurs, ou de diminution de la pression sur la biodiversité (pour le bio), mais souffrent d’une trop grande dépendance aux prix mondiaux du cacao. Dans un contexte de surproduction globale, ils ne permettent pas toujours de représenter une alternative […]