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.
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.