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Is It Too Late to Do Anything about Global Warming? by City Tech Blogger Wei Yan

Humans influence the climate and in return the climate also affects humans. Short-term climate change, especially extreme anomalous weather phenomena such as drought, floods, frost damage, hail, sandstorms, etc., often cause serious natural disasters, which are enough to bring devastating blows to human society. For example, the torrential rains in Bangladesh in 1943-1954 caused the biggest famine in the 20th century, with a mortality rate of almost 1.5 million people. The drought in Africa from 1968 to 1973 was a catastrophe for the African people, which caused 70-90% of the cattle in Chad, Niger and Ethiopia to be lost, and 200,000 people died in the province of Volo in Ethiopia. Of course, such blows are often short-lived and partial and although they do not affect the ecosystem, the damage caused to humans is very large. Long-term climate change, even if the change is relatively slow, will cause the ecosystem to undergo essential changes, completely change the production layout and production methods, and thus affect the economic life of human society. How do we balance economic development and environmental protection? Recently I unintentionally noticed the paper mill in Finland —-POCHECO

POCHECO, an envelope factory on the outskirts of Lille in the northern part of France, has been in business for 20 years. From management to operation, it is fully in line with environmental laws. It is the perfect combination of eco economic and ecology. According to their website the operating policy has three commitments, “the reduction of workplace hazards and harsh working conditions, the reduction of environmental impact and the prevention of pollution, and increase in productivity”. But how can we achieve environmental protection in an industry that consumes a lot of pulp and printing? First, POCHECO uses only ink that’s made from natural chili, raw materials, and water, and the water is recovered from rainwater on the roof of the factory. Rainwater is also used to clean presses and remove ink stains and does not need to be supplemented with chemical detergents. All water and South Marseille soap, plant-covered plant roofs are simultaneously equipped with solar photovoltaic panels for power generation to provide machine operation and indoor electricity is required because plants and natural water conditioners are used to form natural air conditioners, and even in the summer, air conditioning is not required.

This equipment saves POCHECO an annual electricity bill of 200,000 euros. These are the decisions of POCHhttp://www.pocheco.com/?lang=enECO President Emmanuel Druon. Having studied at the Department of Literature of the Fourth Sorbonne University in Paris, he has a large number of  groups responsible for the marketing and management of the market, which makes Emmanuel Druon convinced that only working in an environmentally friendly manner can bring the greatest economic performance, he pointed out. Take POCHECO as an example, within 10 years 9 million euros of environmentally-friendly operation hardware investment, the feedback is saved by 15 million yuan, the energy use reduction rate, gas is 100% exemption, the public system water supply use Reduced by 80%, power consumption reduced by 20%, CO2 emissions decreased to 11%, while product production increased by 12% and employee capacity increased by 20%.

In fact, this factory almost died 20 years ago. In this era of sending emails that require 4G or 5G, who will spend money to rescue an envelope factory? When Emmanuel took over the factory, what worried him most was not the end of the paper envelope, but the future of the employees’ health. Previous inks were toxic, and you must wear masks and gloves while in production. So, he started with ink and he spent a year finding new ink. It is water-based and contains no heavy metal natural pigments, but the cost is also increased. This is followed by the glue needed to change the adhesion of the envelope. The original volatile is a polluting solvent, and the residue contains the raw material of the animal bones, so they took the time to create a vegetable glue.

So it may not be too late to do something about global warming.

Finally, the most important raw material consumes 10,000 tons of paper per year.  The forest merchants they found in Finland, they saw one tree and planted ten trees. They have since cooperated with this forest merchant. They cut 200,000 trees, but they have planted 2 million trees. This company’s annual carbon emissions are negative 36,000 tons. The cost of changing the paper source is 10% higher than the original, but high-quality paper speeds up the operation of the machine and reduces the waste of discarding inferior wood, which in turn increases productivity by 20%. They confirmed that manufacturing can be zero pollution. After they changed their policies, they not only reduced the pollution, but also began to make a profit. From one of the most polluting manufacturing industries to the zero-destructive reborn experience. Not only was it written into a documentary, it was also a new business in this old envelope factory, providing energy-saving and carbon-saving solutions for other industries.


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