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Discover the Proposals Document “Cap(able) ? 10 Solutions for the Planet, issued from Cap COP21 events which gathered hundreds of attendees all year long (NGOs, scientists, artists, businesses, territories, citizens and guest speakers). These meetings resulted in the drafting of detailed reports that serve as a basis for deeper and more transversal reflexions by EcoAct experts.

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These 10 proposals were presented on Thursday, October 29th at ESA (European Spatial Agency) in Paris, then during COP21 with a Web TV at the Bourget (replay available here, in French) and all along the Exhibition SolutionsCOP21 at the Grand Palais on EcoAct’s stand!

Founding partners’ point of view, Thierry Fornas (EcoAct President) and Gerald Maradan (EcoAct CEO):

“It is now considered a fact that human activities have an impact on the natural systems of our planet.

Based on the most recent scenarios, maintaining the current rate of development without rethinking our economic models will inevitably lead us to an increase in global mean temperatures by +3.7 to +4.8°C by 2100.

Climate change amplifies the negative externalities faced by our society and economic system. It even has an influence on modern geo-politics. Those most concerned by these changes are in the least developed countries, approximately 800 million individuals (10% of the global population).

Migrations, access to resources and maintaining the infrastructure directly impacted by major climatic even, the question of climate change is today central to our economy and goes beyond the notion of reputation. Today, the business sphere has sufficient hindsight to grasp the importance of associating a climatic strategy to business activities. Taking into consideration climate change is no longer a burden, but instead has become a facilitator for innovation. Integrating the notion of climate change guarantees corporate and social sustainability.

Large-scale actions are necessary. Cooperative tools such as carbon offsetting are already in place and allow for the preservation of our climate while increasing collateral benefits (education, health, biodiversity, economic dynamics …) on a local scale. It is nevertheless necessary to do more, in a more efficient manner and at a faster pace. To accomplish this, we see it as obvious and necessary to regroup both practitioners and experts together in order to encourage the emergence of practical solutions that go in the way of climate mitigation.

Thus, EcoAct launched Cap COP21 in January 2015, a cycle of events encouraging constructive exchanges between pioneers of the climatic economy while identifying action plans that would make climate responsibility a performance lever.

The success of Cap COP21 surpassed our expectations in many ways. Many scientists, NGOs, companies, citizens and local authorities worked together around various themes such as climate innovations faced by the economic crisis, the cities of tomorrow, territorial optimisation, the estimation of a climate value and climate finance, etc. All these events lead to rich and interesting debates.

We have a 5 year window during which we must act if we are to stay below a 2 degree temperature increase.

We call the international community to set in motion ambitious goals around the following two major themes in order to increase our chances to preserve the climate by 2030:

  • Total carbon neutrality
  • Total energy neutrality

Solutions do exist. It is still possible.

In order to reach these objectives, we synthesised the major alternatives that were discussed during the Cap COP21 workshops into 10 proposals. Our integrated approach surpasses the simple energetic and climate aspects, and proves that transversal, pragmatic and realistic solutions do exist. We expect decision makers and especially major political actors of COP21 to have the necessary political courage and will to focus on the unifying solutions that are critically needed when considering the seriousness of the situation.”

Read the entire document here.