B) ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE GROWTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

We will work with you to achieve sustainable development goals and environmental standards. We can do this most efficiently, by identifying and addressing the environmental, social, and economic consequences of your projects at an early planning stage through conducting impact assessments. Additionally, we offer you our support to help you understand and comply with complex regulations, as well as in developing, implementing, and improving environmental policies, programs, services, and legislation.
Transcarbon applies advanced principles of industrial and civil ecology to identify high value-added environmental projects that contribute to economic growth and human development, within the principles of sustainability.

Sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and “a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development; and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations” (see UN Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, Chapter 2: Towards Sustainable Development). From the tracking of unsustainable practices, to the designing and implementation of strategies for sustainability, Transcarbon’s work aims at improving a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit in accordance with the international efforts to “promote the integration of the three components of sustainable development —economic development, social development and environmental protection — as interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars” (see UN, 2005 World Summit Outcome, para. 48).

In many cases, our work starts by conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This assessment consists of several steps involving an integrated multidisciplinary approach that leads to the evaluation of the potential impact that a proposed project may have on the environment, whether positive or negative, as well as on social, cultural, and economic aspects. The purpose of an EIA is to ensure informed decision-making and to contribute to increasing both environmental and social sensitivity towards optimal
sustainable development planning and management.

Additionally, we partner with both governments, international development organizations and other nonprofit institutions, and with private sector entities, in the design and development of projects leading to
environmentally sustainable economic growth. Among the specific objectives of our work, is to help States, development institutions, private sector entities, and all relevant actors take steps conducive to reaching the targets of the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7, to Ensure Environmental Sustainability. Namely, we contribute to integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, to reversing the loss of environmental resources and reducing biodiversity loss, to increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and to improving the lives of slum dwellers as well as the quality of living of the inhabitants of rural areas and the general population. By managing natural resources in ways that increase economic growth, the projects we develop have the potential of making a substantial positive impact in job creation and poverty reduction in a local community or an entire country when implemented at a large scale.