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Newsletter March 2019

Sectoral Measures

Responsible Crops

Green proposals for a sustainable future

What does environmental management have in store for us in the near future? The great amplitude of changes, new legislative requirements, sector, social and governmental pressure. It seems that things get serious.

 

But it is not about being horrified by the situation, but about making use of the new opportunities in the construction of environmental sustainability that are currently within our reach. Innovation, expansion, cooperation and the execution of concrete measures is the message that the United Nations transmits to us in order to channel the good path towards improvement.

 

Sectoral Measures

 

The building sector represents one of the main sectors of environmental impact. Bioconstruction, sustainable building, ecodesign of buildings gain strength and value in society. The way to quantify or assess the sustainability of a building takes time to be analyzed and studied. Certifiable systems, such as the well-known LEED or BREEAM, do not only seek analysis and evaluation of the sustainability of buildings, both new and existing but also allow to establish an environmental comparison between them, offering information of great importance for the final consumer.

 

These standards focus their efforts on the treatment and management of construction and demolition waste, limiting energy demand, increasing the performance of facilities, energy efficiency in outdoor lighting, the introduction of renewable energy in buildings, among many other requirements.

 

Another of the outstanding sectors in environmental awareness is tourism, often located in Natural Paradises, its activity can be especially critical. Sustainable Tourism attends to the needs of current tourists and of the receiving regions and at the same time protects and promotes opportunities for the future. It is conceived as a way towards the management of all resources so that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be met while respecting cultural integrity, ecological processes, biological diversity and the systems that sustain life.

 

Throughout the world, there are more than 70 certification seals in sustainable tourism, many of them at a national and even local level, as is the case of Chile (Chile Sustainable Tourism) but also exist globally as Green Globe or EarthCheck. For the tourist organization that voluntarily wishes to initiate this process, the difficulty lies initially in deciding which standard to choose, although all work very similar principles.

 

In the same way, they begin to develop Sustainable Mining Management Systems, sustainable events, and product seals that guarantee that they are innocuous for the Environment, being the case of cosmetics, textiles, cleaning products.

 

Responsible Crops

 

As consumers, we also begin to experience the need to know the origin of the products we acquire and if their processing responds with environmentally sustainable activities. This has led to the proliferation of the well-known Chain of Custody certifications, whose primary objective is to prevent deforestation.

 

Chain of custody of palm oil, sugarcane, coffee, cocoa, tea and of course Forest Products (PFC and PEFC) have taken an unstoppable course, large commercial areas are aimed to stock only certified products with Chain of custody in a relatively short time. Any producer or trader that lacks this certificate will see its client portfolio gradually reduced.

 

They are generally standards, which not only concern themselves with the environment, but also with the communities bordering the plantations, giving a social approach to the management systems. After all, the environment is everything, including ourselves.

 

 Further similar regulations continue to be developed for the future for other products such as corn, guaranteeing secure, recordable supply chains that provide credible evidence of their sustainability.

 

Source: Sandra Varela

Environmental Expert

Intedya Central Internacional

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