Articles & Blogs, Category = Sustainability

Category: Sustainability

The Circular Economy: Building an Economy on the Template of Nature

“What does a circular economy mean? It is often misunderstood as just good recycling. While it is certainly true that the proper collection and treatment of waste and products, machines, clothes or buildings and other artefacts at the end of their usage is a key element of a circular economy, it is by far not the only requirement and not necessarily the one to start with.”

Electric Vehicles as an Example of a Market Failure

“Electric cars are perceived as a positive externality of consumption on the society. To fight global warming, governments have implemented different policies to stimulate consumer demand. But just how sustainable is demand for electric vehicles and how long will governments fuel it? There is also the question of hidden costs for stakeholders like the Democratic Republic of Congo, major supplier of cobalt used for EV batteries.”

Green Money

“Socially responsible investment, green bonds, extra-financial rating agencies: ‘climate finance’ has developed over the last few years. Without State involvement, will these tools suffice to finance the transition toward a carbon neutral global economy?”

Discussion (in English) of the French book Climat; Un Défi pour la Finance, by Pierre Ducret and Maria Scolan.

Oil Execs Should Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity, Essayist Kate Aronoff Argues

A new essay published in Jacobin argues that the time has come to try the executives of oil companies for crimes against humanity as a result of their actions promoting climate change. There is a legal precedent, as the heads of several German companies were tired for such crimes after WWII. Even if it never comes to pass, discussing the idea could give us a sense of what steps to make the world a greener place are possible.”

Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy

“In recent years, a growing number of companies around the world have voluntarily adopted and implemented a broad range of sustainability practices. The accelerating rate of adoption of these practices has also provoked a debate about the nature of sustainability and its long-term implications for organizations. Is the adoption of sustainability practices a form of strategic differentiation that can lead to superior financial performance? Or, is it a strategic necessity that can ensure corporate survival but not necessarily outperformance?”

Free Market Veganism – Or Why Government Shouldn’t Interfere with our Food

“While this article shan’t concern itself with whether we should or should not encourage people to change their diets, if anything is going to, it’s grassroots actors and free market capitalism, not reports published by evangelising bureaucrats drawn from groups like the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, or other so-called public health bodies.”

Climate Action Must Now Focus on the Global Rich and Their Corporations

“It is really important that we […] move past ‘national action plans’ and start to take action immediately against two groups largely responsible for climate change. They are the 100 or so corporations responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions and the wealthiest 10% of the global population responsible for 50% of consumption emissions. […] Focusing on the wealthy and their corporations would enable us to bring about an immediate cut in carbon emissions. But it would also form part of a just transition”

How the Neoliberal Obsession with Valuing Nature Changes Our Understanding of It

“Some of the arguments [against putting a price on nature] are philosophical, pointing to the inability of economics to capture the extraordinary, intrinsic character of nature. Other arguments are more practical, highlighting the difficulty of determining the economic value of a public good, such as nature, that is not traded. Both perspectives have their merits. But here I want to take a different approach, and consider what we do to nature in order to make it amenable to calculation.”

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