These are the sustainability highlights from 2020:
The surprising effects of the coronavirus: Images of cities that now breathe pollution-free
Since the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 evolved into a global pandemic, every day brings painful news about the consequences to health and the economy in the majority of countries across the planet.
However, in the midst of so many difficulties, images emerged showing perhaps the one breath of (literal) fresh air in the crisis: air quality in most of the world's most polluted cities reached levels that would have been unimaginable just a few months ago.
The current air quality in most of the world's most polluted cities was unimaginable just a few months ago #COVID19— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) April 24, 2020
👇 Take a look at the images of cities that now breathe pollution-free 👇
What can we learn from the coronavirus outbreak that could help us fight climate change?
The improvement in air quality resulting from the spring lockdown imposed in many countries around the world is not the only link between coronavirus and climate change.
Addressing a problem of these proportions at the national level and coordinating it on a global scale is one of the most difficult challenges that a government could face. The way the world has reacted to tackle the coronavirus could be an exemplary lesson in how to undertake the fight against climate change.
On #ClimateActionDay, we wonder if society can learn from coronavirus outbreak to help combat the climate emergency 🦠 Read more:— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) October 24, 2020
The Green Recovery is the way out of the economic and climate crisis
The problems of both crises overlap, but so do the solutions. In response to the pandemic, institutions and companies have begun working on a shared roadmap that, by means of a Green Recovery, can combat both the devastating effects of climate change and the impact of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.
The measures we take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will shape the present and future of our planet. A #GreenRecoveryNOW is needed if we are to overcome the current economic and climate crisis 🌎👇— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) December 9, 2020
Renewable energies will power the post-COVID-19 world
One of the key elements of this Green Recovery will undoubtedly be the use of renewable energies.
The #GreenRecovery must be driven by renewable energies ⚡️ to enable the 🌍 to tackle both the climate crisis and the global economic crisis post COVID-19. Read how ⤵️— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) October 21, 2020
What are Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)? Clean energy from one company to another
And one of the ways to ensure that companies and organisations use clean energy is through PPAs, one of the topics we covered this year on our website. These are contracts for the purchase of renewable energy between producers and corporate consumers.
Do you know what PPAs are? Take a look at the video in this article to find out #InvestInThePlanet— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) August 7, 2020
A plan for carbon neutrality by 2050
We know what the goal is, but how do we achieve carbon neutrality? There are several different ways, including reducing energy consumption, improving energy efficiency and transitioning to a renewable energy consumption model with financial mechanisms that change our production and consumption habits.
Carbon neutrality is indispensable for sustainable development 🌍 This post presents measures to reduce the carbon footprint and achieve neutrality by 2050 👇 #InvestInThePlanet— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) October 14, 2020
Is it possible to capture CO2 from the atmosphere?
And speaking of achieving carbon neutrality, do you remember this video where we showed you some methods—both natural and artificial—that could be key in reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere? Some are as simple as planting more trees, while others are complex and involve using technology to filter CO2 from the air.
Yes, it is possible to capture CO2 from the atmosphere. There are natural and artificial methods that reduce the amount of this gas in the atmosphere. Here's how they work ⤵️— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) November 11, 2020
The European Taxonomy, a crucial tool for decarbonising the economy
If we are to be emissions-neutral, decarbonisation of the economy will be vital. The European Taxonomy of Sustainable Finance is a new classification of economic activities that enables investors to know objectively whether an activity contributes significantly to Europe's sustainability goals.
What is European taxonomy and why will it be key to a resilient and sustainable economic recovery? 📊🌱 #SustainabilityGoals— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) August 14, 2020
Sustainable development in healthy seas and oceans
In this review of 2020, we mustn't forget about our oceans, which make Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.
The oceans and seas are the blue source of life 🌊 on which the health of both people and of the planet depend 🌍 It is therefore crucial that we keep them in good condition, in order to protect the environment and to move toward a sustainable development model— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) October 7, 2020
Climate inequality:How can we create a more equitable planet?
In August 2020, our demand for natural resources exceeded what the planet has the capacity to regenerate in a year. However, they are neither produced nor consumed equally around the world. There is also an inequality in terms of who contributes most to climate change and who is most affected by it.
Inequality between countries may become even more pronounced if we do not do anything to curb the effects of climate change 💪🌍 It is everyone's responsibility to build a sustainable and resilient planet so that we can curb climate inequality ⤵️— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) November 4, 2020
Innovation at the service of sustainability
What would become of the planet if we couldn't innovate to try to be more sustainable? We want to finish this year's review with the hope that another, better world is possible. One where society progresses based on three pillars: environmental protection, social development and economic growth.
Energy self-sufficient buildings 💡, machines that rebuild islands, inventions that foster the circular economy ♻️ These are some of the innovations that allow us to imagine a more sustainable world ⬇️— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) September 16, 2020
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