BNP Paribas Asset Management has joined forces with the GoodPlanet Foundation to provide insights for a better understanding of the challenges of global warming. This article offers simple tips and advice to reduce our CO2 emissions on a daily basis.
1) Let’s change our diet habits!
In order to limit the impact of our diet on the climate, let’s make seasonal fruit and vegetables consumption our priority as often as possible. They generate on average seven times less GHG than products grown in heated greenhouses. Many seasonal fruit and vegetable timetables are available to guide our purchases.
2) Let’s reduce our meat consumption!
Contrary to popular belief, proteins are not only found in meat and animal products. They can be found abundantly in plants such as dried pulses, seeds and nuts. How about experimenting with vegetarian recipes at least once a week?
©Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Cattle feedlot, Rio Negro department (Uruguay)
3) Let’s fight deforestation!
Some lablers guarantee sustainable forest management. By purchasing products (such as paper, furniture etc.) bearing the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsment of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) labels, we can help protect forests, thereby limiting anthropogenic GHG emissions.
4) Let’s protect the oceans!
We must protect the oceans to fight climate change. To do that, we can all take action on a daily basis. For example, we can buy environment-friendly household products to prevent the discharge of polluting chemicals into the ocean.
©Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Bareer reef, Queensland (Australia)
5) Let’s use clean energy!
To reduce our climate impact on a daily basis, we can choose clean energy derived from renewable sources. More and more energy suppliers are encouraging their development: let’s prioritise them as soons as possible to reduce our GHG emissions.
6) Let’s reduce our energy consumption!
An energy label was created to rate products according to their energy consumption. This rating is symbolised by a letter. The most energy-efficient products, which are the most respectful to the planet, are rated A+, A++ and A+++! For example, an A++ rated device consumes 45% less energy than A-rated devices.
7) Let’s sort our waste!
The best waste is always no waste. There are many solutions to achieve this: question the necessity of all your purchases, choose bulk products or products with no packaging, whenever possible prefer eco-refills etc.
8) Let’s switch to the circular economy!
We can all change our consumption patterns to fight global warming. By relying to the 3R principle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we can significantly reduce our amount of waste and prevent the unnecessary production of new products. Furniture, textiles and household appliances: all the products we use on a daily basis can repaired or find a new life through recycling.
©Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Young girls carrying buckles in the Dogon region (Mali)
9) Let’s use planet-friendly modes of transport!
Prioritise public transport and electric vehicles, or choose car pooling: they are effective solutions for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions when travelling or commutting. The best solutions are still cycling and walking, which are eco-friendly, money-saving and healthy! Moreover, a survey conducted by ADEME reveals that half of all car journeys cover less than 3km, a distance perfectly suited for cycling and walking.
10) Let’s offset our carbon emissions!
Since 2006, the GoodPlanet Foundation’s United Carbon Action programme has strived to combat global warming by developing sustainable and economically viable alternatives to polluting activities, for the benefit of the most disadvantaged communities. By supporting these voluntary carbon compensation projects, we can contribute to fighting climate change.
To find out more, read our guide
10 solutions to fight climate change
With its Climate investment strategy, BNP Paribas Asset Management's invests in companies that are developing solutions allowing a transition to low-carbon economy, an accelerated switch to renewable energies and even smart systems for agriculture and effective water management. Likewise, our green boon investment strategy favours bond issues that finance projects at the heart of the energy transition.