Assuring the sustainability of biologically productive supply chains
"Sustainable Forest Management is an important source for the sufficient and sustainable supply of timber products, renewable energy, climate-change mitigation, biodiversity and good-quality fresh water in Europe and globally"(Forest Europe)
There are approx 12 billion hectares of biologically productive land and water on earth shared by over 7 billion people. Natural resources are under intense pressure from climate change and excessive resource utilisation.
The global effects of extreme weather conditions in 2019 combined with the pandemic has illustrated the true impact of industry and people's actions on the climate and our reliance on a fragile biological supply chain. For example, in the early days of COVID-19 there was panic buying of toilet rolls which led to a global shortage. National Geographic reported that Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day and roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper. Companies have been highlighting via their Environmental Social Governance (ESG) their plans to be more sustainable in their use of resources, being more mindful of environmental impact and advocating more responsible behaviour from their suppliers.
Old Spice and Secret, both Proctor and Gamble (P&G) brands, have announced that they plan to transition from their current packaging to all-paper packaging.
On Earth Day Cincinnati-based P&G says it wanted to focus on sustainability and help be a part of the solution when it comes to reducing plastic in oceans and landfills.
More sustainable use of natural resources
Global demand for biological materials and supplies is driving the need for more responsible investment and sustainable use of forestry, agriculture and land use. Forestry provides materials for critical products such as medical supplies, disinfectant wipes and even toilet paper.
Measurement of natural resources has never been more important or relevant. And it can now be measured from space.
If you are looking to learn more about the real value and sustainability of forestry & biomass assets or evaluate food security supply chains around the world, GSI may be able to help.
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