ConsultantSeas through the One Ocean Summit

ConsultantSeas through the One Ocean Summit

ConsultantSeas through the One Ocean Summit

The city of Brest, home of ConsultantSeas, hosted the One Ocean Summit on February 9, 10 and 11 in its Ateliers des Capucins. With the objective of raising the level of ambition of the international community on maritime issues, the event brought together about 40 heads of state and ministers, the President of the European Commission and the President of the Council. Within the scope of the Summit, several events were organized throughout the city of Brest on the ocean theme. Let’s have a look at our involvement during this week rich in encounters and learnings.

 

Waves of Breizh

ConsultantSeas was invited to speak at the “Waves of Breizh” event (see the article written by the Telegram on the subject), organized by Waves of Change in partnership with the Village by CA. The objective of the event was to go “from pact to action” by bringing together actors of the Breton territory through four collaborative workshops to address issues raised by Hoali, Movin’On (Michelin), the Ocean Climate Platform and ConsultantSeas. Marie was able to share with the participants the methods and arguments to convince a CEO to engage his organization in a project to reduce its plastic footprint, while Elodie and Camille worked with other groups on the challenges of port decarbonation and selling liquids in bulk. It was a rich moment of exchange and we thank all the participants and organizers of this workshop.

Welcoming our network of partners on our home in Brest

During this time, Diane represented ConsultantSeas at the Apér’Océan organized by the RespectOcean network, of which ConsultantSeas is a member. A great opportunity to share a convivial moment with the network and to create new links!

Many of our clients and partners were also present and active during the forum. Among them were Surfrider Foundation, the Tara Ocean Foundation, the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique team and the Campus Mondial de la Mer.

Main advances in plastic pollution during the summit

From these different sessions but also from the Leaders’ Summit on Friday, February 11th, the following main advances concerning plastic pollution were achieved:

  • 4 new countries, the city of Paris and the maritime region of Central Greece joined the 500 signatories of the “Global Commitment to a New Plastics Economy” supported by the Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation.
  • Two European banks and the French, German, Italian and Spanish development agencies have pledged to double their contribution to the “Clean Oceans Initiative”, which finances projects to reduce marine plastics, representing a sum of 4 billion euros by 2025.
  • In France, the government has announced the treatment of 50 coastal landfills identified as priorities to prevent plastic waste from leaking into the sea.
  • The perspective of an international treaty on plastic pollution has also been announced with the next UN General Assembly in sight.

The follow-up in a few weeks!

 

 

The ConsultantSeas team wishes you all a happy new year 2022!

The ConsultantSeas team wishes you all a happy new year 2022!

The ConsultantSeas team wishes you all a happy new year 2022!

We would like to take you on a brief journey through the highlights of the past year and the projects to come. Welcome aboard!

ConsultantSeas has sailed through this year with many projects. It was a key moment for the BeMed Business Club that we support, which now has 12 member companies involved and motivated to prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean. It was also the start of the pilot project “Towards a zero single-use plastic hotel” at the InterContinal Marseille – Hotel Dieu, with concrete actions to eliminate, reduce or replace single-use plastics. We are also adding local reuse loops* to our technical stopovers missions. In 2021, ConsultantSeas has also built up its presence in Brest through events such as Ressour’seas and meetings, in particular thanks to the publication of an article on our work in the Télégramme.

ConsultantSeas will continue to stay the course in 2022: new partnerships and diversification of missions are on the agenda, always working at all levels, from Finistère to the international level.

Increasing our visibility was also part of our 2021 sailing program. Last October, part of the team made a stopover in Lyon during the Pollutec forum to take part in the first edition of the Mer & Littoral Forum: a highlight which we summarise here. Our website was redesigned and got a new look in 2021! In 2022, our events radar will guide us first to the One Ocean Summit in February and then to the Plastic Summit in July, both of which will take place in Brest.

The road and the course could not have been kept without a rich and fulfilling life onboard in parallel. In 2021, ConsultantSeas has had its team doubled in size in one year: we are now 6 full-time employees. Louise and Manon are exploring new horizons, allowing Camille, Juliette and Pascal to join as junior consultants, right-hand to the CEO, BeMed project manager and senior consultant, strategy and growth.
ConsultantSeas will continue its cruise with a team of 6 full-time staff in 2022 and hopes to keep on board as much good humour, group cohesion and great team moments. ConsultantSeas is now moored in offices within the Village by CA Finistère: a privileged opportunity to benefit from the team’s expertise and network. We should be moving to new offices in Brest in 2022.

Our crew is ready to take on the surprises of the coming year and to continue to strengthen and grow!

* Article L541-1-1 of the Environmental Code, reuse refers to “any operation by which substances, materials or products that are not waste are used again for a use identical to that for which they were designed.”

Corporations and plastic pollution

Corporations and plastic pollution

Corporations and plastic pollution

Reducing plastic pollution is a challenge that is receiving increasing attention from multinational companies. While private sector engagement remains a major pillar in addressing the plastics crisis, the diversity of actors, levels of engagement and approaches makes this a complex challenge.

In an article entitled “Corporations and plastic pollution: Trends in reporting” and published in the journal Sustainable Futures in 2021, researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Duke University study corporate reports of the 200 largest multinationals published between 2010 and 2019, i.e. more than 2300 reports. The objective is to understand the degree of importance – of “materiality” – that multinationals give to plastic, the circular economy and waste, through the analysis of their corporate reports. The analysis shows that these issues have become important to the extent that the number of reports mentioning “plastic pollution” has increased by almost 20% between 2016 and 2019. It is particularly in consumer goods sector reporting that the issue of plastic pollution is becoming more prominent, compared to the oil, automotive and gas sectors. The researchers note that this trend also corresponds to a growing consumer demand for pollution reduction. In fact, the different levels of engagement by multinationals across sectors and geographical areas reflect the complexity of the issue.
An in-depth analysis of reports from 37 of the 200 multinationals shows that engagement varies according to a number of factors. For example, there is a widening gap in commitment between companies which do or do not participate in ‘green clubs‘ already committed to plastics and waste issues (such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy Club); participation in these clubs encourages corporations to be forward-thinking and to make the transition towards plastic pollution reduction. On the contrary, the lack of standards to guide them towards plastic reduction reinforces the variations between the different levels of commitment. This in-depth analysis ultimately reveals how the private sector focuses on recycling rather than the whole plastic life cycle; the challenges are actually broader and the authors call for a whole system approach. The authors argue for the need to ensure that corporate reports encompass more data, for instance with interviews, and include plastics issues. The paper concludes with the importance of examining the role of green clubs and the need to foster the engagement of plastic producers.

 

An example of plastic pollution consequences.
The article recalls a number of elements that are directly consistent with the activities of ConsultantSeas. It states that the private sector is one of the essential levers of action for solving plastic pollution by acting, among other things, on the production and design of goods and packaging, as well as on their management once they have become waste. ConsultantSeas dedicates part of its assignments to supporting companies in the development, implementation and evaluation of their strategy to reduce their plastic impact. However, meeting these challenges will not be possible without a real multi-stakeholder effort along the plastic value chain. This is why we are also working on the dynamics of “green clubs”. For example, we have been mandated to lead the BeMed Business College, which helps companies to go further collectively than legislation requires and individual action allows. Beyond the involvement of all actors, the resolution of the problem must also take into account all levels of the plastic life cycle to initiate a profound change in the paradigm in which we find ourselves. Finally, the impact of the actions taken must be monitored; ConsultantSeas assists its clients in monitoring and implementing reporting tools on the subject.
The ConsultantSeas team is back from Pollutec!

The ConsultantSeas team is back from Pollutec!

The ConsultantSeas team is back from Pollutec!

Back from the Pollutec 2021 exhibition, we offer you an insight into our learnings and the highlights of our participation.

The tone of this edition was set at the opening ceremony of the Sea and Coast forum: the challenges of plastic pollution at sea must be tackled through the commitment of stakeholders on land, a vision shared by our consultancy. Raphaëla Le Gouvello, the sponsor of the forum and founder of the RespectOcean network, of which ConsultantSeas is a member, led this first conference on the challenges of protecting the ocean, and the Mediterranean in particular.

Marie, Elodie and Camille were able to move among 50,000 visitors and 2,200 exhibitors, who came to discuss the issues and solutions for the ecological transition. Through meetings on our stand and B2B meetings, we were able to meet new players, answer questions on plastics strategies and initiate new partnerships. An opportunity to explore new synergies at the crossroads of plastic pollution and ocean preservation.

It was also a great opportunity to meet again with members of the BeMed Business College and the RespectOcean network and to share a pleasant moment.

The ConsultantSeas team with Lucile Courtial and Florent Kohler. 

Camille, Marie and Elodie in front of the booth.

Plastic-related issues were at the forefront of more than 400 conferences at Pollutec and about 20 at the Sea and Coast forum. Key players Patrick Deixonne (Expedition 7th Continent) and Simon Bernard (Plastic Odyssey) reminded us of the importance of multi-sector and multi-partner action to reduce plastic upstream of pollution at sea.

The Director of ConsultantSeas, Marie Le Texier, led a conference on the role of companies in preventing plastic pollution. This was an opportune moment for our guests Lucile Courtial (Secretary-General of the BeMed association) and Florent Kohler (Area Key Account Director of the InterContinental Marseille – Bordeaux – Lyon) who came to share their experience in terms of multi-stakeholder commitments to move towards systemic changes and reduce plastic pollution at sea. 

As a bonus, this week also saw the announcement of Brest as the host city for the One Ocean Summit early next year. This is very good news for the region’s dynamic approach to maritime issues!

The Pollutec exhibition, and more particularly the Sea and Coast forum, was a key event in the ConsultantSeas agenda to exchange with an ecosystem of players in the ecological transition, to communicate on the firm’s work and to draw attention to the challenges of marine plastic pollution. 

A big thank you to all of you for coming to discuss with our team at Pollutec!

Marie Le Texier with Lucile Courtial and Florent Kohler during the conference. 

Celebrating ConsultantSeas third anniversary and new website!

Celebrating ConsultantSeas third anniversary and new website!

Celebrating ConsultantSeas third anniversary and new website!

This year, ConsultantSeas is celebrating its third anniversary. We were very lucky to receive a nice package, free of plastic wrapping and full of gifts! There we found :

  • 1 completely revised and updated website, to highlight the developments and successes of the recent years
  • 2 new full-time colleagues, to work side by side with Marie and our freelancers
  • 3 pillars, to structure our consulting offer – Advising, gathering and coordinating multi-stakeholder partnerships, providing technical expertise

And it does not stop there, the list goes on…

  • Four case studies, to illustrate our expertise and some of our achievements
  • Five verbatims, from our clients thanking us
  • Six partners, to support us in our missions

… and on again, if we count all our missions and clients, current and future.  We are definitely very lucky. And this is just the beginning of our adventure, we can’t wait for our 4th birthday celebration!

Thank you for your support and your trust!

And last but not least, a very special thank you to Séverine CHAUSSY for her work on the conception of the website.