2020 was a special year. The COVID 19 crisis has called our practices and our lifestyles into question. We took a step back and got back to basics. Our loved ones are dear to us, life is fragile. We explored new modes of communication and exchange.
For the environment, this crisis has been globally beneficial: reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions, return of wild species to our cities and towns.
For Sayari, this year 2020 marked a key stage in our development, placed under the aegis of cooperation. We delivered the Agribalyse 3.0 database to ADEME. This database, developed jointly with 2 consultancies, makes it possible to access the environmental footprint of 2,500 food items « from farm to fork ».
We have also worked on the key issue of biodiversity. We went beyond traditional LCA (Life Cycle Assessmnent) metrics with work on species overexploitation, the effects of pesticides on ecotoxicity, and a new approach to invasive species.
Finally, we have also worked on renewable energies.
This work has been the subject of publications and presentations in international conferences in Dublin and Berlin.
What will remain of 2020? Probably less travel, more working from home, and therefore benefits for our planet. New ways of cooperating…
But also an unprecedented decline in biodiversity, increasingly pressing environmental issues, in particular among consumers.
2021, a major stake for biodiversity
At Sayari, we are aware of the limits of the LCA method and of the key issue of better taking into account biodiversity: it is essential to preserveecosystems, to make them resilient, to preserve a living and regenerative soil. Our expertise covers land, agricultural and forest areas, but also marine areas, with the maintenance of sustainable fishing and farming. We will continue to interact with the European Commission within the framework of the « Product Environmental Footprint » (PEF) and the « Business and Biodiversity » initiative. This year is a pivotal year with COP15 on biodiversity.
Towards environmental information for consumers
In France, Environmental labeling in food is underway and will need to address these limitations. Consumers are increasingly concerned by the ecological transition also in the world of cosmetics.
Sustained attention to pesticides
We will keep a focus in 2021 on plant protection products, including in the context of our participation in the PEF. It is indeed possible to better assess the effects of pesticides on humans and ecosystems. These issues are key for industries whose raw materials are derived from living organisms: food, cosmetics, packaging.
A year 2021 under the sign of partnership.
We are convinced that there is strength in unity. More than ever, the issues are interdisciplinary and systemic: climate change AND biodiversity, environment AND health, business AND development, large groups AND Start-ups, ecology AND society. economy AND sustainable development.
Happy cooperative and regenerative year!