Last January, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolène Royal, asked former European Deputy Corinne Lepage to deliver a report on « The New World Economy ». Freshly finished, the report is now on the Minister’s desk since June 15th.
The 139-pages report was written with the help of a task force led by Corinne Lepage. The task force was composed of 28 representatives of the industry, the scientific community, universities and the civil society.
The document is structured into 100 reforms crucial to transit from what the task force refers to as the Old World and the New World.
The New World Economy refers to « an economy freed from fossil fuels, connected, with a reclaimed local economy and an economy designed to serve mankind » but it also refers to a world composed of various actors, a world that takes into account social and environmental externalities and is willing to be a catalyst to the development of the Green Economy.
That New World also implies that several « revolutions » must be led. There are 5 of them, and they partially rely on Jeremy Rifkin’s thoughts on what he has called in his brand new book « The Third Industrial Revolution : How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy and the World. »
To do so, various actors are needed. They are the ones called « The New World’s actors ». They are in charge of doing the transition from our current model that is described in the report as old and outdated compared to the economic and environmental stakes that France has to face and the new model.
The task force saw in the Old World an outmoded system within which we still evolve. Within it, the report mentions that the State is unadventurous, and the consumer is considered « having only few powers » while the citizen is « not being recognized