On June 5, the 50th World Environment Day will be celebrated. This year, the theme of World Environment Day will be “Ecosystem Restoration”, which aims to focus on “restoring the relationship between humans and nature”, and also marks the official launch of the United Nations “Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030” initiative . How to promote the harmonious coexistence between man and nature has become a global consensus.
At the heart of the global climate crisis is carbon emissions. To achieve the 1.5°C temperature control target proposed by the Paris Agreement, the world must reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2040. Carbon peaking and carbon neutrality are included in the overall layout of ecological civilization construction.
As a member of the carbon reduction process, Thales is also taking practical actions to contribute to improving the stability and quality of the ecosystem. A month ago, more than 60 managers and sales representatives from Thales China gathered at the Bakeshi Camp Forest Farm in Chengde City, Hebei Province, and successfully planted the first “Thales Public Welfare Forest” at the foot of the Jinshanling Great Wall. As an important part of Thales’ 2021 sales launch ceremony, the “Thales Public Welfare Forest” tree planting and greening activity responded to the government’s call with practical actions to help promote China’s low-carbon development process.
The Bakeshi Camp Forest Farm is located in the middle of the Yanshan Mountains, in the transitional zone connecting the North China Plain and the Inner Mongolia Plateau. The mountain topography is criss-crossed and undulating. Afforestation on this terrain can effectively alleviate the barren soil and further form a natural barrier against wind and sand fixation. The “Thales Public Welfare Forest” planted here not only adds new green to the forest farm, but also makes the ecological concept of green harmony take root.
The launch and implementation of the “Thales Public Welfare Forest” initiative is also a powerful example of Thales’ implementation of the “Low-Carbon Future Strategy” on a global scale. As a trusted partner in the Chinese market, Thales takes innovation as the key key. While providing innovative solutions to customers, Thales will implement the “Low-Carbon Future Strategy” from the following three aspects, and lay the foundation for green and sustainable development. Steady escort.
First of all, Thales integrates green and low-carbon concepts into the product innovation path covering the entire value chain, and is committed to incorporating environmentally friendly design principles into all new products by 2023; Direct emissions from products in line with the Paris Agreement’s pre-determined goal of keeping the temperature rise within 2°C. Thales expects to reduce emissions directly from its own operations by 40% and indirect emissions from purchases and equipment use by 15% by 2030.
Secondly, Thales continuously integrates cutting-edge global experience, continues to provide innovative and ecologically responsible solutions, helps our customers reduce their own carbon emissions, and further extends and expands the green and sustainable value proposition to the entire industry chain. For example, in aviation, Thales PureFlyt flight management system can optimize flight routes in real time, and is expected to reduce the environmental footprint of aircraft by 10% by 2030; in rail transportation, GreenSpeed can greatly optimize train driving and reduce energy consumption, thereby Reduce train carbon emissions by 15%; in digital identity and security, Thales and Veolia team up to launch first eco-SIM card made from renewable materials, eliminating nearly 5,000 tons of virgin plastic per year . CO2 emissions and non-recyclable Electronic components generated during production are also fully offset through Thales’ comprehensive carbon offset program, helping to achieve carbon neutrality goals.
Finally, Thales relies on its own expertise combined with its extensive experience in international cooperation to provide scientists and policymakers with the means needed to obtain vital data for environmental monitoring, oceanography and meteorology through solutions such as Earth observation satellites. Thales Alenia Aerospace is the prime contractor for the joint NASA-CNES project to build the satellites needed for the SWOT mission. The satellite can monitor the global ocean topography and surface water, providing more precise data for assessing and controlling the impact of human activities on the environment.
Rooted in the Chinese market for more than 40 years, Thales has continuously provided local partners with solutions for efficient operation and sustainable development. The launch of the “Thales Public Welfare Forest” activity has also become an example for enterprises to shoulder social responsibilities and practice the path of green development. As China enters the stage of high-quality development, Thales will unswervingly implement the “Low-Carbon Future Strategy”, which will bring practical and powerful assistance to the on-time realization of China’s dual-carbon goals and the promotion of sustainable development. .
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