Ecolonomy, 100 companies join the transition economy

Ecolonomy, Tomorrow, Actes-Sud, January 2021.

At Pocheco, the envelope factory in the north of France, we have been experimenting with ecolonomy for almost twenty-five years. In the face of climate change and the latest IPCC reports, the need to start transforming industrial production is becoming even more pressing, in order to move towards practices that are more respectful of nature and people.

The success of the documentary film “Tomorrow” and of Emmanuel Druon's book “Ecolonomy, industry without destroying”, has led many business leaders and employees to come and draw inspiration from this experience. Pocheco has experienced some splendid moments, but is going through complex phases in which the ecolonomic process allows it to hold its ground. On the strength of these experiences, Emmanuel Druon and his teams wanted to respond positively to this demand for sharing between peers by creating the "Ouvert" consulting office which, for ten years now, has been supporting one hundred companies around the world with the ecolonomic method, in Indonesia, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, Spain, China, etc. They collaborate with industrial units, whose tens of thousands of employees are committed to changing their daily practices in order to participate in the vast transition movement, while local authorities are following suit.

They are all committed according to their financial possibilities and market constraints, but between small gestures (greening roofs, mobility plans, setting up shared gardens, etc.) and major changes (redefining raw material supply chains, inventing new flow systems, redefining the products on offer, etc.), the transition movement has begun on a global scale. In this new book, Emmanuel Druon takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the relationship to ecology, biodiversity, mobility, construction, water, energy and raw materials resources through the experience of his company Pocheco, as well as that of factories around the world.

“ In the twentieth century industry and the economy created the creative destruction, societal and climatic conditions were lastingly and heavily modified, in the twenty-first century it is time to move on to creative transformation.”

Emmanuel Druon

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