The 02. AUGUST 2017 marks the day when mankind has fully exhausted the resources of the earth for this year. The Global Footprint Network calculates this date annually since 1978.
Andrew Simms was the initiator, a member of the British ‘Think Tank New Economics’, who has the aim to build people’s awareness of the earth’s ending resources. The calculation sets the ecological footprint of humanity in relation to the globally available bio capacity. This means:
How much of the available natural resources do we humans consume for our own purpose?
What are the consequences?
With the Living Planet Report 2016, the WWF presents a worldwide inventory of the current state of the earth and the results are alarming: At the moment, humanity is claiming bio capacity on the scale of 1.6 planets. That means we consume 60 percent more than the Earth actually holds. Though this represents a global average value. Austria, for example, actually consumes the natural resources of 3.3 earths, while poorer countries like Bangladesh or India live on a much smaller ecological footprint.
Our growing resource hunger proverbially eats up the future of the next generations. The already visible effects of this exuberant actions are droughts, extreme weather conditions, starvation and extinction of species.
Here you can inform yourself about the possibilities to act more in a resource-saving manner : http://www.overshootday.org/.
And what does PALFINGER?
The responsibility for future generations is more than important to PALFINGER. We are well aware that along our value chain, we have a great impact on the environment, and therefore a big lever. In order to reduce the corresponding risks and to seize opportunities, energy efficiency and climate protection are of great relevance throughout the entire production process. For example, we conserve natural resources through state-of-the-art technologies, e.g. air recirculation or wastewater avoidance. We also try to satisfy the needs of human beings and nature by using sustainable products. In particular, we focus on innovative safety solutions and energy efficiency.
PALFINGER has recognized the need for action and strives to make its ecological footprint as future-oriented as possible.
Learn more about PALFINGER’s “Sustainable Products” and “Eco-Efficient Production” in our Integrated Annual Report.
Lifting Sustainability. Shaping the Future. Living Responsibility.