Most of the world has been forced to stay indoors and off the roads and as a result, the pandemic has changed the way we see our planet today. Most industrial activity has temporarily shut down, leading to a much-needed decrease in air pollution around the globe.
This has revealed interesting facts about companies’ methods of production and this lockdown has turned into an experiment allowing analysis and hopefully the creation of safer ways to produce, or even to transform our economy into a low-carbon economy.
This decrease in air pollution is not only beneficial to the environment but to people themselves with health problems, mainly those suffering from asthma. Furthermore, air pollution increases the spread of diseases so the lower it is, the slower the spread of the virus will be. For example, in the United States, Los Angeles was ranked as having the worst air quality, however, now is claiming to be one of the best in the world.
There are essential methods that need to be put into place in order to attain and sustain zero-carbon emissions. Seeing the benefits of air pollution reduction has put into perspective what the world needs to do. The goal set for the world has been to achieve zero emissions in industry and transport for the year 2060, even though coming to agreements with other nations will be difficult to accomplish.
In the business world, the executives of companies need to start planning and adding goals to further the zero-emissions target that they should be putting in place. This moment of lockdown has hopefully put into perspective that companies need to invest in eco-friendly productions and activities in order to hit these targets. The lockdown and the subsequent focus on stakeholder capitalism have hopefully given them this perspective.