Regional Cooperation

the second scenario to achieve carbon neutrality

Society is transformed within the framework of shared governance and regional cooperation. Non-governmental organisations, public institutions, the private sector and civil society find pragmatic ways to cooperate to maintain the social fabric.

To achieve carbon neutrality, society relies on a progressive but steady change of the economic system towards a sustainable path combining energy sufficiency and efficiency. Consumption of goods becomes measured and responsible, sharing becomes widespread.

Society
in 2050

Massive renovation, gradual but profound changes in lifestyle.

  • Cities build upwards in a controlled manner.
  • Sharing of buildings, living rooms or appliances becomes widespread.
  • Strong acceleration in energy renovation.
79%
of existing housing units
in 2015 undergo deep renovation

Re-industrialised value chains, specialised by region, driven by the Government.

  • Public planning supports and finances a low-carbon industrial policy.
  • Development of recycling and recovery.
  • Significant re-industrialisation effort in targeted sectors.
-47% & -84%
reductions in energy
consumption and
GHG emissions respectively
in industry.

Diversification, renewed regional devolution and rational use of plant and forest resources.

  • Acceleration of the food transition: less indulgent, more plant based.
  • Increased use of forestry timber for material uses (buildings).
  • Development of advanced biofuels.
  • Irrigation contained by using favourable agricultural practices.
-50%
reduction in meat consumption.

Transport sustainability at the heart of the ecological transition.

  • Mobility is shifting to a more local approach, with development of daily trains, cargo bikes, mini-cars and other such measures.
  • Freight traffic down due to a reduction in volumes and distances travelled, with the share of rail and waterways more than doubling.
-17%
fewer miles travelled
per person (including
international air travel).
NB : the data shown in this infographic is defined in relation to the year 2015.

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