Could the next Olympic Games really be sustainable ?

Could the next Olympic Games really be sustainable ?

Article de Martin Bernard (MS EnvIM 2023-24) INTRODUCTION For a few years, big sportive events have been promoting themselves as environmentally friendly, while resulting in diverse ecological aberrations. One shall remember, amongst others, the 2016 Rio edition, with an immense golf located in the middle of a natural zone. Notwithstanding the 2022 Beijing edition claimed "100% carbon-neutral", while the artificial ski center involved millions of gallons of water, potential hazardous
Doughnut Economics in Action: The City of Amsterdam Embracing the Model

Doughnut Economics in Action : The City of Amsterdam Embracing the Model

Article de Hssine Benhrouz (MS EnvIM 2022-23) Introduction For over seven decades, the field of economics has been predominantly fixated on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the primary metric of progress, measuring a nation's economic health based solely on its output. But "what if we started economics not with its long-established theories, but with humanity’s long-term goals, and then sought out the economic thinking that would enable us to achieve
Consumer Behavior and Climate Change

Consumer Behavior and Climate Change

Article de Maya MIKAIEL (MS EnvIM 2023)   Introduction Amongst the literature, the term “luxury” is employed to describe the “top category of prestigious brands'' (Achabou, 2013). Opposed to non-luxury goods, the goods falling in the luxury category are synonymous with “superior quality, uniqueness and going beyond need; it is uncompromisingly extravagant in terms of effort and material and often exhibits craftsmanship and expertise” (Athwal, 2019). Upscale products are also naturally

Multi-capital accounting as a tool for transforming companies

Article de Marie-Astrid Humbert (EnvIM 2022)     Introduction According to Lord Kelvin “when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it” (1883), which suggests that data drives knowledge and management. Organizations and especially companies are currently facing increasing pressure to show they contribute positively to society while generating profits for shareholders. However, contrarily to “traditional” accounting which solely focuses

Popularizing science for the sake of climate?

Article de Camille Dousset (EnvIM 2021)     Introduction Although in 2016, a survey showed that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by humans (Michigan Technological University, 2016) and that the latest IPCC report (IPCC, 2022) warns on the urgency and irreversibility of the situation if no action is taken, the fight against climate change remains largely below current concerns. Indeed, on a global scale, climate

The spirit of permaculture in the luxury perfume industry

Article de Pénélope Tréchot (RSEDD 2021)     A systematic approach to agriculture The term “permaculture” was coined in the 1970s by two Australian pioneers of the ecological movement, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren[1], whose work has now spread internationally.  The term comes from the combination of  two Latin words “permanens” and “cultura”, with is meaning  being “a persistent system that supports human existence”.[2] It is an holistic systemic approach

Let’s Repair!

Article de Manisha Marival (RSEDD 2021)     In September 2021, Apple Launched its new iPhone 13, with its usual blown-up hysteria around the launch. This new “superman” of smartphones has a redesigned camera, sharper screen, latest A15 “bionic” chipset (don’t know what this is but sounds cool) and many other features that I do not understand or maybe do not even care about. My old iPhone 7 has started

The Green Climate Fund: the victory of multilateralism?

Article de Marc-Aurélien Espiaut (EnvIM 2020)     “Together, the Green Climate Fund and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), commit to redirect the financial flux to a sustainable low-carbon development and resilient toward climate change” (Green Climate Fund, 2019) declared Rémy Rioux, the CEO of the Agence Française de Developpement, and president of the International Development Finance Club on June 26th of 2019 during the IDFC Steering Group Meeting

Environmental limits to the space sector’s growth

Article de Loïs Miraux (EnvIM 2021) This article is a shortened and adapted version of a paper from the author published in Science of the Total Environment, available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721059404#     1. Introduction The scale of anthropogenic actions on the Earth system has become so large that they are now the main driving force of environmental change, leading to the rise of a new geological era, the Anthropocene1. As

Greening the browns, how to use open, discarded space efficiently in cities?

Article de Sofie Lamens (EnvIM 2020)   Europe has seen a remarkable densification of transport networks and cities in the last 50 years, which has led to the splintering of different forms of land use. Even after 50 years, urban sprawl is still increasing. Around 28% of land area of the EU was strongly fragmented, of which cities and towns are the most fragmented areas. Arable and permanent croplands, as