21 proposals for a low carbon economic recovery

07/01/2020

In the space of just a few weeks, the Covid-19 health crisis has upset the global balance and exposed the fragility of our model of society. In its wake lie two very serious threats: an unprecedented economic, financial and social crisis on the one hand, and the climate emergency on the other, which now allows us to better gauge what ecological, economic and humanitarian disasters await us if we do not change...

To respond to the brutal shock that is looming, governments, the European Union, central banks and financial institutions are stepping up to create the conditions for economic recovery. Numerous voices are calling for these sources of financing to be put towards the construction of a more energy and resource efficient society, a fairer society, a society that protects against disease, a world that we would be proud to bequeath to our descendants. These voices are those of governments, scientists and NGOs, but also many businesses.

Today, it is Egis’ voice that is speaking out among so many others. We strongly believe that only an organised structural change that puts climate issues at the heart of post-health crisis decisions will enable a sustainable future for our societies, oriented towards low-carbon economic models and lifestyles.

As a leading industry figure in consulting and engineering for construction and the operation of transport infrastructure, with operations worldwide, Egis has asked its experts and specialists to draw up concrete proposals rooted in innovative but proven solutions, and has leveraged its technical excellence and high innovation capabilities to make its contribution to the collective effort aiming to reinvent the world around us. We have formulated our ideas in the form of 21 proposals which address all the sectors of activity in which we operate.

Drawing on our collective knowledge and know-how, this document makes proposals that are directly relevant to the day-to-day issues of our customers, populations and regions and are firmly aligned with the universal sustainable development goals (SDGs) established by the member states of the United Nations: energy-efficient renovation of buildings, development of carbon-free mobility, changes in the energy mix, preservation of biodiversity, circular economy, the development of short retail supply lines, etc.

The challenge is sizeable, the transformations to be made are weighty, and the pressure of short-term economic imperatives is always strong. We therefore call for courageous, rational and responsible action so that we can pass on to future generations a world that is more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable, centred on the well-being of populations and protection of the natural environment.