From February 4th to February 17th, 2022

Themed fortnight 09Climate

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the highest average temperatures ever were recorded during the 2010 – 2019 decade. Collective actions are necessary to slow down the effects of a non-regulated, highly polluting human activity.

Challenges of the Climate themed fortnight

Fighting climate change is an absolute emergency. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the highest average temperatures ever were recorded during the 2010 – 2019 decade. Collective actions are necessary to slow down the effects of a non-regulated, highly polluting human activity. For instance, transformations in energy production are included in the promising provided reponses. 

Thanks to new technologies, tomorrow's energetic system could be decarbonated, decentralized and digitalized to best meet the users' needs while preserving the environment. 

Citizens and governments alike have come to realize just how urgent today’s social and environmental challenges are. One way of meeting those challenges is to switch from a linear to a circular economy.

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Circular economy

Thematic presentation

The lion’s share of the economy is currently linear and is based on the chain “extract, produce, consume, discard”. With the aim of breaking away from this linear model, the circular economy, based on the chain “reduce, reuse, regenerate”, encompasses a body of practices aimed at preserving and making better use of natural resources. In this new global context, France is asserting its position through a network of public and private actors involved and tightly enmeshed in this revolution.

" In the field of circular economy, France has a real capacity for collective innovation bringing together private actors and companies as well as the public sector. "

Bertrand Camus
CEO, SUEZ Group

Description

The circular economy think tank is a group of companies, public agencies, and non-profits with a passion and a commitment for the circular economy, conducting a reflection on its concept and its benefits, the catalysts of circular economy and France’s

strengths in this area, through concrete examples of sectors and initiatives.

Conclusion

There is a pressing need to implement the principles of the circular economy at scale, across all business sectors and across the planet.

Circular economy offers multiple benefits, in particular on the environmental side.

It saves natural resources and reduces releases – notably of greenhouse gases – into the environment. In terms of resource procurement, it also reduces the bottlenecks caused by limited supplies and proliferating needs (due to rising global demography and increased per capita GDP). The transition to a circular economy has an important role to play in the fight against climate change, atmospheric pollution, as well as eutrophication of soils and aquatic environments.

Businesses are already on the move to transition our growth model towards the circular economy: they have set ambitious medium-term targets, taking action along their entire value chain (sourcing, design, production, distribution and transport, recycling). All actors must now act in unison.

Mobilizing citizens and consumers is crucial, in particular through efforts to change behaviors and foster responsibility. Heightened consumer awareness will lead to better public understanding of the circular economy, and will push people to modify their behavior, just as the behavior of producers is changing.

This change in demand calls for a rethink of competition regulations and the legal framework. More specifically, individual efforts must be supported by the introduction of favorable regulations at national level, and indeed at international level, through intergovernmental bodies.

France has a strong competitive advantage over other world powers. At the national level, laws, taxation systems and pioneering principles have progressively consolidated national support for the circular economy. France has world-leading companies, each of which, in its own industrial sector, acts as a driving force for the development of the circular economy. France has also built a strong ecosystem of start-ups, and has a solid scientific knowledge base, supported by government oversight as well as by private players.

As a result, France has many assets to offer other countries, with its active participation in international circular economy projects, and its multinationals leading from the front.

" In the field of circular economy, France has a real capacity for collective innovation bringing together private actors and companies as well as the public sector. "

Bertrand Camus
CEO, SUEZ Group

Key figures of circular economy

1.8 trillion euros

Generated in annual revenue worldwide by circular economy by 2030

800,000

Direct jobs created by circular economy in 2016 in France

Up to 9.8 tons

Resources consumed per person per year in OECD countries

Up to 1.3 ton

Waste per person per year in OECD countries

13%

Resources consumption reduction allowed by the waste valorization

+30%

GDP/consumption ratio objective between 2010 and 2030, determined by French energy transition law for green growth

65%

Recycling objective to meet by 2025, determined by French energy transition law for green growth

100%

Plastic recycling objective to meet by 2025 in the 2018 French circular economy roadmap

Carnet de Dubai - Circular Economy (PDF, 1.4 Mo)

Event programming on the France Pavilion

The programme is still in progress, stay tuned!

Ragni, Sponsor of the Thematic fortnight dedicated to the Climate

Specializing in the design and manufacture of public lighting solutions, the Ragni family-owned company is a flagship of French industry.

Ragni is the Thematic sponsor for the France Pavilion's fortnight dedicated to the Climate.

The Climate thematic seen by the students of the Ecole des Gobelins

The France Pavilion has collaborated with the students of the Bachelor Graphic Motion Designer Apprenticeship (GMDA) of the Gobelins School of the Image. Their artworks allow us to promote the major issues of the Education thematic to the international audience of the Exhibition.

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The Climate thematic seen by the students of the Ecole des Gobelins

Discover French innovative companies

In partnership with Business France, the France Pavilion highlights some solutions developped by French companies regarding climate. 

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Discover French innovative companies

Experts’ Views: Renewable Energies 2.0 in the territories of tomorrow

As part of the think of the Pavillon France think-tank, the " Renewable Energies 2.0 in the territories of tomorrow” report presents a "French vision" of renewable energies with the conviction that their development will contribute to preserving the future of humanity on our planet.

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Experts’ Views: Renewable Energies 2.0 in the territories of tomorrow

Key findings

The rise of renewable energies is an essential part of the fight against climate change because its immense potential, which is within reach of development with mature technologies, is still very largely to be exploited. Thanks to their constant progress, their safety, their rapid diffusion, their declining cost and their ability to integrate into all kinds of territories, renewable energies are giving all economic actors greater control of their destiny.

Limits to their expansion are constantly pushed back due to the complementarity in time between wind and solar over time, due to new storage opportunities, due to improved demand management through digitalisation, and the use of surplus renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen will make it possible to replace the energy obtained by burning fossil fuels with increased electrification, particularly in industry or heavy transport. Finally, the recent pandemic has demonstrated the exceptional resilience of renewable energy production, both technically and economically and financially. By their renewed ambition, France and Europe are playing a leading role in a vigorous energy transition that gives hope to all nations.

" While visions of the future are often clouded by various threats to the future of humanity, as illustrated by the health crisis of 2020, renewable energies offer everyone the opportunity to think about the 21st century with confidence: their development, which is only in its infancy today, will change the world in ways that are still barely glimpsed. Thanks to their constant progress and rapid diffusion, which many French companies are already developing successfully, it will soon be possible to change everything: to change territories, to change cities, to change travel, to change lives themselves without giving up living fully, traveling, investing, working, consuming and enjoying. Renewable energies are finally creating a desirable future for everyone and for future generations. This booklet from Dubai, the result of a collective effort, attempts to define the contours of this future and to show how many French companies are already contributing to it. "

Olivier PAQUIER
Head of Business Development & ESG

Carnet de Dubaï | Renewable Energies 2.0 (PDF, 1.2 Mo)

Experts’ Views: Artificial Intelligence

The "Artificial Intelligence" working group brought together companies, public research organizations, ministries and French universities that are passionate and committed to artificial intelligence. Starting with concrete applications, the group focused on describing the current and future impact of AI developed by France and its talent in key sectors such as health, mobility, energy, defense, security and financial services.

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Artificial Intelligence

The "Artificial Intelligence" working group brought together companies, public research organizations, ministries and French universities that are passionate and committed to artificial intelligence. Starting with concrete applications, the group focused on describing the current and future impact of AI developed by France and its talent in key sectors such as health, mobility, energy, defense, security and financial services.

Conclusions of the working group

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has deeply changed our lifestyles, forcing us to adapt our social interactions and increasing the use of digital channels. The technological acceleration linked to these changes is leading to a very strong growth of digital in all sectors. Organizations and governments have taken the full measure of the strategic importance of digital technology and Artificial Intelligence, which has led them to invest more and more sustainably in these areas. 

In this context, the Dubai World Expo 2020 is once again an opportunity for France to showcase its leadership in AI through its schools, its research, its ever-increasing number of startups and its leading companies in the main industries at the heart of societal and human development.

Through its Carnet de Dubai, the AI working group wanted to reflect France's potential in AI. The result is that France has an explainable, transparent and ethical Artificial Intelligence, capable of adapting and serving the major challenges of our society. 

" France and the rest of Europe have all the means at their disposal to establish themselves as leaders in this field, by building on their strong entrepreneurial dynamic and on a unique public-private collaborative model that brings together business, startups, research and teaching institutes, and government. "

Eric Labaye
President of Ecole polytechnique de Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Contributors

  • Eric Labaye, President of Ecole polytechnique de Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris
  • Anne Lange, Entrepreneur, Sponsor of the Think Tank « Connecter les esprits », Adara Partners 
  • Erik Linquier, President of COFREX, France Expo Dubai 2020
  • Raphaël Alomar, International cooperation on Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economy and Finance             
  • Renaud Vedel, National coordinator for Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Emmanuel Bacry, member of Pr[AI]rie and Scientific Director of Health Data Hub 
  • Olivier Clatz, Ministry of Health and Solidarity    
  • Emmanuel Chiva, Director of Agence de l’innovation de Défense            
  • Michaël Krajecki, AI project Director, Agence Innovation Défense        
  • Christophe Perignon, Professor of Finance and Director of Research, HEC Paris
  • Bruno Sportisse, Chairman and CEO, Inria
  • Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of CNRS 
  • Christelle Bourdeu, Head of AI platforms, Airbus        
  • Frederic Sutter, Head of Skywise, Airbus    
  • Romain Melet, Artificial Intelligence Program Manager and Manager Data Enterprise Architecture, Air France    
  • Marcin Detyniecki, Group Chief Data Scientist and Global Head of R&D, AXA Group 
  • Gérard Guinamand, Group Chief Data Officer Engie     
  • Fayçal Boujemaa, Technology Strategist/Orange TGI, Orange    
  • Gilles Colas des Francs, Director of Artificial Intelligence Transformation Factory Michelin
  • Marko Erman, SVP, Chief Scientific Officer, Thalès
  • Pierre Soumoy, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company 
  • Xavier Cimino, Partner, McKinsey & Company 
Carnet de Dubaï | Artificial Intelligence (PDF, 2.3 Mo)
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