Every year, the international sustainability think tank Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s use of natural resources against the planet’s ability to regenerate such resources. Based on this calculation, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date each year when we have used up all of nature’s resources for the year and are living beyond our means.
13 August is Earth Overshoot Day 2015, which means that in less than eight months we have exhausted nature’s annual budget and for the remainder of the year we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We will be operating in overshoot.
This critical date has moved forward in time, coming six days earlier than 2014 and two months earlier compared to 2000, evidencing our increased environmental overspend. This ecological deficit is reflected in the deforestation, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion and build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, among other negative impacts.
Energy is one of the main areas where opportunities for improving sustainability lay. Initiatives like BEPI, which offers companies a single system to support them in addressing the environmental impact of their supply chain operations and increasing their performance, contribute to making production more efficient, reducing the ecological footprint and decreasing this deficit.