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2016 UN report on water: water and jobs

03 / 22 / 2016

March 22, 2016

An estimated three out of four jobs that make up the global workforce are either heavily or moderately dependent on water. This means that water shortages and problems of access to water and sanitation could limit economic growth and job creation in the coming decades, according to a UN report. The 2016 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, also notes that half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - are employed in eight water and natural resource-dependent industries.

Produced by the World Water Assessment Programme, hosted by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water, the report is partly co-written by Marc Paquin, CEO of UNISFÉRA, and Richard Connor, UNISFÉRA’s Chief Scientist, is the Editor-in-Chief of the report.

“Water and jobs are inextricably linked on various levels, whether we look at them from an economic, environmental or social perspective. This edition of the World Water Development Report breaks new ground by addressing the pervasive relationship between water and jobs to an extent not yet seen in any other report”, said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

Launched on World Water Day, and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report demonstrates the key role water will play in the transition to a green economy. From its extraction to its return to the environment, via numerous uses, water is a key factor in the creation of jobs.

The document also underlines that many jobs will be created in the water sectors per se in the coming years.

The report is available in English at the following address: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/water_drives_job_creation_and_economic_growth_says_new_un_report/#.VvFTqBLhCCR

See also World Water Day 2016: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday

 

7th edition of the HEC Montréal Sustainability Challenge

03 / 17 / 2016

Montreal, March 18, 2016

The HEC Montréal MBA Student Association holds the seventh edition of the Sustainable Development Challenge. The competition invites MBA students from around the world to come up with business decisions compatible with sustainable development. Marc Paquin (UNISFÉRA) is part of the jury that will evaluate the practical solutions the teams will submit. http://hecaemba.org/en/events/sustainability-challenge-2016/

 

Sustainable Architecture

03 / 10 / 2016

Montreal, Canada, March 2016

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Novae examines the significant trends of the last decade in terms of a positive and committed economy. A new theme is covered on the 10th of each month. This month: architecture. The "carbon neutral home" certification developed by Belvedair and Planetair made the list!

https://www.novae.ca/2016/03/10-ans-de-batiments-durables/

 

In La Presse : Carbon Neutral Homes

03 / 08 / 2016

Montreal, Canada, March 2016

Belvedair is a general contractor committed to building affordable houses, suited to the wants and needs of its customers, and ecological. To this end, it has concluded a partnership with Planetair to develop a protocol to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated by the construction, usage, and end of life of houses.

The article in La Presse provides interesting additional information: http://www.lapresse.ca/maison/renovation/renovation-verte/201603/07/01-4958099-la-maison-sans-empreinte.php

 

Co-Benefits of Carbon Credits: Seeing Further

10 / 29 / 2015

In order to offer an integrated vision of the benefits of its projects, South Pole Group, Planetair’s supplier of carbon credits, developed infographics revealing with great clarity the co-benefits of its projects on infrastructures, health, education, supporting the local economy, household savings/livelihoods, environment & biodiversity, upskilling, land use & agriculture, and women empowerment. The infographics are based on a series of indicators South Pole Group has developed.

 

The infographics are available online. Here are two examples of these project infographics: Kariba VCS REDD in Zimbabwe (http://www.thesouthpolegroup.com/public/projects/180505_Poster_Kariba_HR.pdf) and Bachu biomass Gold Standard VER in China (http://www.thesouthpolegroup.com/public/projects/300917_Bachu_biomass_Infographic_HR.pdf).

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News from the Web

The following news are excerpts form the Websites that publish content relevant to Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. UNISFÉRA is not responsible for the content of these news items.

Korea needs to put green growth vision into action

03 / 16 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Korea has improved access to environmental services and become a world leader in climate change mitigation technology.

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Webinar: Behavioural Insights - Changing Human Behaviour for Green Growth

03 / 08 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Join the GGKP for a webinar on Wednesday, March 8 from 15:00-16:30 (CET) exploring evidence-based research on how behavioural science can further resource efficiency and sustainable consumption.

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Estonia should reduce its oil shale reliance for greener growth

03 / 01 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Estonia needs to move faster to reduce its dependence on oil shale so it can advance towards a greener economy and reduce air pollution and waste generation, according to a new OECD report.

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OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment

02 / 28 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

The OECD Network on Agricultural Total Factor Productivity and the Environment convenes experts from relevant countries to facilitate dialogue and, where possible, co-operative research efforts that aim to develop a better framework for cross-country total factor productivity comparisons.

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Pollution havens? Energy prices are not key drivers of offshoring

02 / 06 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

New evidence on the effect of energy prices on outward FDI can provide some reassurance in light of concerns about Pollution Havens.

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