Do you know how many planets we use up each year?

Keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer, throwing trash out of the car window, leaving the faucet running or the lights on. Along with other environmentally unfriendly practices, these everyday habits have managed to bring Earth Overshoot Day forward,

Where we are affects the size of our carbon footprint. Tools such as the footprint calculator help us to understand and minimize our real-life impact. For example, while Qatar uses 4.8 planets worth of resources each year, in Spain we use the resources of 2.5 planets. Each Spaniard produces around 970 lb (440 kg) of trash each year. This equates to the 21 million tons of waste that Spain adds to the global landfill on a yearly basis.

This is the date marking the point by which human beings have used up all the resources that the planet is capable of producing in one year. In 1970, it was on December 23rd; in 2017, on August 2nd.

As a matter of fact, the Paris Agreement and the signing the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals signed by the UN) establish the measures that should be adopted by the world governments to reduce their carbon footprint and minimize the effects of climate change.

Changing the paradigm: a circular economy

Our society and economy are increasingly concerned about the environment. We now need to put a new model for production and consumption into place, aiming to change from a linear economy (produce, use, throw away) to a circular model. Based on the Three Rsphilosophy (reduce, reuse, recycle), this system enables the production of goods and services at the same time as reducing consumption and the wasteful use of raw materials, water, and energy sources; paving the way for a sustainable economy and environmental conservation.

Repsol’s Commitment

As part of our commitment to the environment, Repsol has introduced measures recommended by the European Commission. These include introducing a circular economy, optimizing or changing production flows to consume fewer resources, using alternative raw materials in production, promoting recycling and reuse, and ecodesigning new products to increase their environmental efficiency, among other options.

Eight ways that we can shrink our carbon footprint

 

 

Do you need everything you consume? Behind every objective, there’s a chain of consumer resources. Accumulating too many things has a negative impact.

 

Walk or ride a bike If you’ve got to move around, ask yourself: Can I walk there? If you can’t, think about the next option: Could I ride a bike there? It’s a 100% ecological means of transport.

 

Carsharing: Sometimes, sharing a car with colleagues from work or another activity may save you fuel, cash, and help the planet.

 

Turn it off if you’re not using it: Use as little electricity as possible. Switch off lights that you aren’t using and swap standard bulbs for energy-saving or led bulbs.

 

Recycle and reuse: Recycle anything you’re not going to use, but before getting rid of it, think: Could I use it for something else? Could I donate it?

 

Water, it’s in short supply: Don’t leave the tap running unnecessarily and don’t treat the toilet as a trash can. As well as affecting the longevity of our plumbing, it reduces the lifespan of our rivers and seas.

 

Alternative energies: If weather conditions allow it, wind or sun can be valuable alternative sources.

 

Think globally, act locally If each and every human being sees how important it is to make these small changes, there will be a noticeable impact on the size of our carbon footprint.

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