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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.

Countries are progressing too slowly on green growth

06 / 20 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Many countries have become more efficient in using natural resources and the services provided by the environment, generating more economic output per unit of carbon emitted and of energy or raw materials consumed. Yet progress is too slow, and if emissions embodied in international trade are included, advances in environmental productivity are more modest, a new OECD report shows.

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New energy in the electricity sector

06 / 13 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

With new business models emerging, competition in the electricity sector is beginning to stir. This article by the OECD's Chris Pike looks at how the rise of the digital economy has led numerous markets to experience radical innovation in business models.

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The Empirics of Enabling Investment and Innovation in Renewable Energy - Environment Working Paper

05 / 31 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

This paper undertakes econometric analysis to assess the impacts of climate mitigation policies and the quality of the investment environment on investment and innovation in renewable power in OECD and G20 countries. It also assesses how countries’ investment environments interact with climate mitigation policies to influence investment and patent activity in renewable power.

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Blogs and articles related to environment

05 / 23 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Read what OECD bloggers have to say about topics as varied as air pollution, biodiversity, climate, environmental policies, green growth, investment, waste and water. Join the discussion on our latest blog: Climate - Towards a just transition, with no stranded workers and no stranded communities.

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Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth

05 / 23 / 2017

Source: www.oecd.org

Integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term, according to a new OECD report prepared in the context of the German Presidency of the G20.

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