Today, July 29th, 2021, it is Earth Overshoot Day. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services each year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year*. In 2021 alas at the same date as in 2019. In 2020 it was, due to COVID19, and worldwide lockdowns, 3 weeks later (August 22nd).
More action needed
While the Paris Agreement ultimately aims to cap global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century, many studies evaluating the national pledges countries made in Paris show that the cumulative effect of those emissions reductions won’t be large enough to keep temperatures under that limit. Indeed, the targets that countries laid out are expected to limit future temperature rise to approximately 2.9 degrees Celsius. However, it’s important to remember the Paris Agreement isn’t static. For example, the European Union raised their targets from -49% in 2030 emission reductions to -55% and launched in the beginning of July 2021 their plan, ‘Fit for 55’, with measures on how this should be achieved. With the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) approaching, we are hoping on more bold plans to limit the Earth’s warming to 1.5⁰C means halving global emissions by 2030, which forces the decarbonization process to be greatly accelerated around the world.
On the positive side, climate is higher on the agenda then ever. There is, next to carbon dioxide only, more focus on the integration of nature, ecosystems and biodiversity in climate policies. More pressure is being exerted on the major polluters, the industry, by stakeholders and through stricter regulations. More citizens are becoming increasingly climate aware and active and exert their influence through climate conscious lifestyle, translated into (purchasing) behaviour. And the voluntary market for compensation is becoming increasingly more important as an instrument, supported by the UNDP, a lot of governments and businesses. It is the way to be climate neutral on your road to Zero CO2, ofcourse after reduction, and at the same time help developing countries to realize their contribution to urgently needed CO2 reduction.
What are doing you to contribute?
Despite experiencing more willingness of organisation to reduce their impact via a growing demand of our support, we know there is still a lot work to do. For example, still the majority of companies do not yet have insight into their CO2 emissions and that is where it all starts. Making emissions from your scope 1, 2 and 3, finding your emission-hotspots is the necessity to start and contribute your part. The solutions are available, so act now. Get inspired by our cases, climate projects and our pragmatic approach:
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We are seeing a growth in the willingness of companies to act and take their responsibility and are helping more and more companies in reaching Net Zero CO2 by 2050 step by step by setting emission reduction targets year by year and book result. Our passionate climate experts use our innovative tools to achieve credible and transparent results on the way to Zero CO2. This not only on an organisational level, but also at in their supplychains. We see great changes in the responsibility-mindset in in FMCG sector, especially when it is about agrifood. Logical because the largest of these products are in the supplychain.
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* Learn more about how the Estimating of the Date of Earth Overshoot Day 2021 works >>