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French Corporates Call for ‘Green & Inclusive Recovery’

May 06, 2020 |

This article was originally published on Business Green.

“Over 90 of France’s largest businesses have issued a public call for the government to prioritise the country’s ‘ecological transition’ in its economic recovery plans, reiterating their commitment to climate action.

In a letter to Le Monde organised by think tank Entreprises pour l’Environnement, a raft of leading corporates urged the government to “channel a large proportion of the financial resources earmarked for economic recovery into the areas already identified as supporting ecological transition”.

…”To address the crisis beyond the short term, we will need to deploy collective intelligence in the post- pandemic world, envision far-reaching changes to our methods of production, business models, consumer behaviour and lifestyles, and rethink our relationship with nature,” the letter concluded. “Let us use the present challenge we are facing together as an opportunity for us all to put the environment at the core of a collective rebound.”

The letter follows a similar intervention last week from around 60 German companies and joins a growing chorus of calls across Europe for governments to prioritise climate action in their recovery plans. It comes as a major study that surveyed over 200 of the world’s top economist revealed widespread confidence that an environmentally-focused stimulus packages would prove better for both the environment and the economy.”

Read on at: Business Green

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