Lewandowski: Bayern looking forward to Sane’s arrival

first_imgRobert Lewandowski says Bayern Munich’s German players are very much looking forward to Leroy Sane linking up with the Bavarian outfit, but admits they will have to “wait and see” about the Manchester City star’s future. Sane has been heavily linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions after failing to get regular game time at the Etihad last season, starting just 21 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side. And Bayern are keen to reinforce their wide options this summer as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are set to depart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sane scored two goals in two Euro 2020 qualifiers for Germany earlier this month, and Lewandowski has revealed the 23-year-old’s compatriots in Niko Kovac’s squad are expecting his arrival. “Bayern’s German players are now very much looking forward to Sane’s signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on,” Lewandowski said. Ribery and Robben have spent a combined 22 years at Bayern and will be difficult figures to replace. “They are legends, of course their departure is sad. But Bayern will also sign more and better replacements. I believe that the winger Bayern will sign in the future will be as good as Robben and Ribery.”Rafinha Franck Ribery Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2019Bayern missed out on Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi last January and look unlikely to sign him this summer with a transfer ban looming over Stamford Bridge. But Lewandowski insists they need to recruit to hold off Borussia Dortmund, who finished two points back in second place last term. “In order to have a good performance next season and to overcome Dortmund, I hope that Bayern can do something in the transfer market this summer.”Although they retained their status as German champions, Bayern had an underwhelming season in the Champions League, losing to eventual champions Liverpool in the round of 16.And no other Bundesliga club made it past that phase of the competition as Schalke and Dortmund similarly lost knock-out matches to Man City and Tottenham respectively. Lewandowski is unconcerned by their failures though: “The Bundesliga clubs’ bad performances in the Champions League this season is just an accidental phenomenon. Premier League teams also did not perform well before. I think Bundesliga clubs will be doing much better next season.”The Poland international was pleased with his personal domestic performances in 2018-19, however, after he ended the campaign as Bundesliga top scorer for the fourth time.  But he insists he is eyeing a Bayern legend’s record: “Gerd Muller won Bundesliga top scorer seven times, I want to do better. But it is not a fair competition, I did not start my career in the Bundesliga like Gerd.”last_img read more

Smarter use of natural resources can inject 2 trillion into global economy

Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine The report analyzed four paths that countries could take over the next three decades, ranging from ‘business as usual’ to a scenario where they adopt both ambitious climate policies and improve resource efficiency.For example, between 2005 and 2010, a programme in the United Kingdom recycled or reused seven million tonnes of trash destined for the landfill. This move saved six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, close to 10 million tonnes of virgin materials and 10 million tonnes of water. It also increased business sales by £176 million, reduced business costs by £156 million and created 8,700 jobs.Although other key findings point to uneven economic gains of resource efficiency and slower resource extractions, which would reduce revenues and affect jobs in some industries – such as mining and quarrying – countries still stand to gain more by implementing compensation and transfer policies to ease the transition to more efficient practices, than by continuing to support inefficient activities, according to the report.In addition to economic benefits, the analysis illustrates that resource efficiency and climate action would reduce global resource use by around 28 per cent in 2050 compared to current trends. For G7 countries, resource efficiency, coupled with ambitious climate action, would increase Gross Domestic Product by $600 billion in 2050 ($600 per person, or 1 per cent). The International Resource Panel is a group of experts in natural resource management hosted by UN Environment. Citing new research from the International Resource Panel in anews release today, Erik Solheim, Head the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), called it “an environmental win-win.” The global population, which is set to grow by 28 per cent, is predicted to use 71 per cent more resources per capita by 2050. Without urgent steps to increase efficiency, the global use of metals, biomass, minerals – such as sand – and other materials will increase from 85 to 186 billion tonnes per year by 2050. The report, “Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications,” which was commissioned in 2015 and released in Berlin at the G20 meeting, found that while investment in ambitious climate action would cause a 3.7 per cent fall in per capita gross world product by 2050, more sustainable use of materials and energy would not only cover the cost of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, but also add an extra $2 trillion to the global economy by 2050. “By making better use of our planet’s natural gifts, we will inject more money into the economy to create jobs and improve livelihoods,” Mr. Solheim stressed. “At the same time we will create the necessary funds to finance ambitious climate action,” he added. read more