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WE-102: Integrating the concept of Planetary Boundaries into decision making processes
Wednesday, 06/Sep/2017:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Marcial Vargas-Gonzalez, Quantis, France
Session Chair: Michal Kulak, Unilever, United Kingdom
Location: Salle de conférences 1
European Convention Center - Ground Floor - "Salle de conférences 1"

Session Abstract

What is sustainability? This question has been at the center of discussion for many years now. From the environmental point of view, sustainability was considered up until now as improving the environmental performance of your company or product. This was therefore about being more sustainable than someone else’s company or product but not about becoming sustainable in absolute terms.

The Planetary Boundaries concept provides insights on what environmental sustainability means at the global level, i.e. what is the planet’s resilience threshold within which we can keep developing. This being said, a major question arises: how can we translate such concepts at a corporate level to enable better decision-making processes?

Two levers are being currently investigated:

  • Using Planetary Boundaries as a new normalization system in LCA approaches to assess the product’s sustainability and the material challenges it faces.
  • Using Planetary Boundaries to define science-based corporate targets to provide a way to define environmental strategies strengthened by a recognized scientific approach.

This panel discussion will be the occasion to discuss the concept of Planetary Boundaries, its integration at the corporate level (the approaches and methods being developed), the operationalization but also the limits of such approach.

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10:30am - 10:45am

Sectoral pathways to low carbon economy shall drive transition planning and companies’ decision processes: the key learnings from Assessing low Carbon Transition Initiative’s pilot phase.

Romain POIVET1, Pedro FARIA2, Esther STOAKES2, John HEKMAN2, Lukas BROCHARD2, Thomas GOURDON1, Edouard Fourdrin1

1ADEME, France; 2CDP, England

10:45am - 11:00am

Defining Science-Based Targets for an agri-food company : a case study

Charlotte Bande1, Edgar Van de Brug2, Marcial Vargas-Gonzalez1

1Quantis, France; 2Ecofys

11:00am - 11:15am

One Planet Thinking: Towards companies that perform within the earth’s regenerative capacity

Annemarie Kerkhof1, Elmer De Boer2, Gerben Meijer2, Jeroen Scheepmaker1, Kornelis Blok1

1Ecofys, Netherlands, The; 2Eneco, Netherlands, The

11:15am - 11:30am

Criticality methodology for resources: how to apply to construction in the future?

Dimitra Ioannidou1, Grégoire Meylan2, Guido Sonnemann3,4, Niko Heeren5, Matteo Daldini1, Georgios Zinas1, Guillaume Habert1

1Chair of Sustainable Construction, ETH Zurich; 2Transdisciplinarity Lab, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich; 3Univ. Bordeaux, ISM, UMR 5255; 4CNRS, ISM, UMR 5255; 5Institute of Environmental Engineering, Chair of Ecological System Design, ETH Zurich

11:30am - 11:45am

Operationalization of Sustainable Development Goals Using a Planetary Boundaries-Based Life-Cycle Assessment Framework

Chanjief Chandrakumar1,3, Sarah J. McLaren2,3

1School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand; 2Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand; 3New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre, c/o Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand

Chandrakumar-Operationalization of Sustainable Development Goals Using a Planetary Boundaries-Based_POSTER.pdf


European and global consumption: to which extent are they surpassing planetary boundaries?

Serenella Sala, Lorenzo Benini, Eleonora Crenna, Michela Secchi

European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy

Sala-European and global consumption-447_POSTER.pdf

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