At Schneider Electric, you have heard us talk at length about the energy paradox: world energy use has increased by 50% over the last 25 years, and yet two million people on our planet still lack access to reliable electricity. Add to that the forecast that energy demand will increase by almost another 50% by 2050.
Energy and sustainability are inherently linked. Energy efficiency pays dividends by trimming consumption and costs. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), implementing energy efficiency initiatives is the best way to act on climate change as it can reduce CO2 emissions by 38 percent. Companies that operate efficiency and sustainability initiatives in tandem improve productivity, maximize impact and see a greater return on investment.
On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric. The Ecological Footprint adds up all of people’s competing demands for productive areas, including food, timber, fibers, carbon sequestration, and accommodation of infrastructure. Currently, carbon emissions make up 60 percent of humanity’s Ecological Footprint.
by Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Strategy Officer, Schneider Electric
World Environment Day: An annual time to bring awareness to and spur action for the protection of our ecosystem. “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme for 2018 and all companies should be looking at how they can reduce plastic pollution.
For the business community and world at large, conservation and sustainability are more than a one-day concern.
by Gilles Vermot Desroches, SVP Sustainability & BOP
The United Nations has established Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) as a key initiative for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all by 2030. Today, one in seven people on the planet still have no access to energy, with most of these families living in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that by 2030, 674 million people will still lack access to energy.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 calls for universalaccess to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by the year 2030. 1.1 billion people worldwide still have no access to electricity. That’s nearly equivalent to the U.S and European population combined.