A National Plan for a better Sustainable Development

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A National Plan for a better Sustainable Development

The ten priority fields of Action

On 27 September, Luxembourg Minister of Environment Carole Dieschbourg presented the inter-ministry project for a Plan National de Développement Durable, PNDD (National Plan for Sustainable Development). The plan transposes the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 into the Luxembourgish context and details the government-lead program for prosperity, environmental protection and social inclusion. Focusing on 10 priority fields of action, this proposal hopes to guarantee policies, instruments and projects implemented by the PNDD. In each of the 10 fields of action, public institutions, businesses and NGOs will find liabilities as well as opportunities in contributing to reaching the PNDD objectives. Indeed, public policies and actions of the government may affect all organizations and individuals:
 

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Ensure social inclusion and education for all: the government offers to promote the construction of new accommodations. Construction companies and real estate promoters may benefit from various subsidies. The government also aims at reducing gender-based inequalities, and support the employability of the youth. This may be achieved by supporting trainings for the unemployed or to educate leaders and managers towards inclusiveness. In turn, this could represent an opportunity to organizations that will benefit from incentives and other indirect advantages of inclusiveness.

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Ensure the conditions of a population in good health: the actions proposed by the PNDD mainly consist in health campaigns. Every concerned organization will have to contribute to the success of these campaigns.

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Promote a sustainable consumption and production: as the plan proposes to develop models based on the principles of circular economy and the reduction of waste. Organizations will need to demonstrate their engagement by looking for solutions in this sense. The national responsibilities to enforce public policies may be passed on to municipalities. The agricultural sector will be greatly impacted by policies against pesticides.

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Diversify and ensure an inclusive economy for the future: the government wishes to build on the Third Industrial Revolution, the promotion of innovation and public policies for economic inclusiveness. Eventually, this may change the legal landscape in Luxembourg allowing companies and individuals to have an increasing number of resources to drive innovation and sustainably create jobs.

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Plan and coordinate the use of land: to preserve and improve wellbeing on the Luxembourg territory, the government wishes to facilitate the development of public infrastructures, and focus on air and noise pollution. The latter issues may require a significant commitment from the private sector.

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Ensure a sustainable mobility: the government not only wishes to fix issues related to traffic during commuting hours, but also focuses on health issues caused by polluting transportations or traffic dangers. Organizations can support the strategy developed by the government by helping commuters use more sustainable transportations and in developing new ways of working.

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Halt the deterioration of our environment and respect the capacities of natural resources: the government will consider nature when reflecting over national development; new regulations regarding the protection of soil and water will affect construction companies.

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Protect climate, adapt to climate change and ensure a renewable energy: reaching these objectives requires participation from innovators to come up with solutions that help the community build on renewable energies and a lower energy consumption, but also from community itself (individuals, companies, municipalities…) to invest in these solutions.

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Contribute, at the global level, to the eradication of poverty and to the coherence of policies for sustainable development: to fight poverty, the government may call for proposals from the private sector, and seek cooperation with public institutions, such as International Finance Institutions.

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Guarantee sustainable finances: by fostering impact, green and inclusive finance, the government wishes to leverage on the national Finance Industry to fight climate change and contribute to the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).

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