Climate emergency: let's push for verified sustainable solutions !

November 12, 2021

The rental of the most energy-intensive properties will be banned in France from 2023 onwards.

An electric car that is produced by an American technology company, was the best selling new car in Europe in September 2021.

The bungalow with a garden, a life project for millions of households, was recently described by the Minister of Housing as « an ecological, economical and social nonsense ».

These are three pieces of evidence showing that weak signals and half-measures in this area are outdated !

The current models of natural resource exploitation, production and consumption have reached their limits. They now make a tangible threat to both the planet and mankind.

As a prelude to its sixth report, the IPCC's recent summary for decision-makers has cleared up any « ambiguity » : human activity is, for sure, responsible for global warming and is causing « rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and biosphere » that are likely to increase the occurrence and intensity of high-risk extreme events.

After years of speeches of intent, false starts and non-binding commitments, the beginning of this decade could thus become a « marker » : that of the real entry of a majority of countries and regional powers into an accelerated and radical process of energy, economical and ecological transformation.

The European Commission opened the ball by putting the « Fit for 55 » package on the agenda on July 14th, 2021, which should lead to a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the 27 EU countries by 2030 so that Europe will become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.

In the final declaration of the Rome summit, the G20 heads of states and governments reaffirmed the « crucial » nature of the « zero net global emissions » objective to be reached before the middle of the century.

To keep with this trajectory, the COP 26 in Glasgow confirmed strong annual financial aid from industrialised countries for developping countries to help them deal with climate change. Significant commitments have also been made regarding coal and methane emissions.

This dynamics reinforces the entrepreneurs and suppliers who were quick in taking action, developping sustainable solutions, listening to social aspirations and innovating by thinking locally...

A few days before the opening of Vetted's verified sustainable solutions marketplace to French professional and institutional buyers, we are both enthusiastic and aware of the particular responsibility that is ours. In fact, if Vetted has to keep one promise, it is to stick to its name which means « verified, validated ».

As a consequence, at Vetted, there will never be any room for greenwashing or false good ideas. The quality of the customer’s experience and the building of trust within the marketplace community are our priorities.

This is why we have decided with our index to grant three levels to all the solutions listed on the marketplace, in order to provide transparency, readability and practicality to buyers in their choice and during their transformation process.
This classification system, which will necessarily be improved, is based on factual criteria and data (French, circular, recycled, sovereign manufacturing, etc…) and the production of certifications or labels recognized or validated by a third party. It is essentially intended to regularly evolve in order to accompany the evolution of standards for sustainable transformation and impact.

The first level of the Vetted Index is a prerequisite for any registration on our marketplace. The proposed solution must meet at least one of the following sustainable criteria : decarbonised, local, digital.

The second level of the Vetted Index corresponds to a deeper level of involvement that goes beyond the simple solution, by including it into a global corporate approach (for example : i.e. obtaining one or more labels, a leverage effect on one or more sustainable development objectives, making social and societal commitments, etc…).

Finally, the third level of the Vetted Index is granted to solutions proposed by companies that have a raison d'être, a monitoring and reduction plan for their carbon emissions, and who have initiated a process to assess their impact(s).

Beyond the benefits for buyers who will be able to select and rate solutions in full transparency, the Vetted Index is also intended to inspire and stimulate suppliers who will find valuable benchmarking and continuous improvement resources. This is one of the reasons for Vetted’s existence : to federate communities of committed business users around coherent and effective approaches to sustainable transformation.

Since change is no longer an option, its history remains to be written. We can contribute to it together.

Your feedback is highly welcome : we are committed to continuously adapting, expanding and optimizing this service offering according to expectations and requirements of businesses and public organizations.

Let’s head for 2030 !