With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated and its effects are clearly felt worldwide.
The European Union has set itself the goal of reducing emissions by 20% by 2020, by 40% by 2030 and 60% in 2040. The Dutch climate agreement sets the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 49% by 2030 and 95% in 2050.
indicators for GHG reduction
% renewable energy
With 100% renewable energy, GHG emissions will reduce by 1,612 gigatons worldwide (Drawdown)
% reuse of materials
With a recycling percentage of 65% we can avoid 2.8 gigatons of GHG worldwide (Drawdown)
% renewable material
If the share of biobased plastic is 49%, we can avoid 4.3 gigatons of GHG worldwide (Drawdawn)
If 30% of all roofs are green and 60% cool, we can capture 0.8 gigatons of GHG (Drawdown)
Positive impact SDG: 7, 12, 3, 15
Energy generation from fossil fuels is responsible for around 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce the CO2 emissions in the atmosphere we must use energy efficiently and expansed the access to renewable sources.
Design for reuse
We waste 30% of global food production and produce products with the take-make-waste concept. Resources are limited available on earth that is why we must do “more with less” and encourage the reuse of products with the waste is food concept.
Use healthy material and identify chemicals in product to be safe for human health and the environment during the final manufacturing, use, and end-of-use stages of the product life cycle. Make material passports.
Capture and storage
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, stop land degradation and reverse it and halt biodiversity loss.
more information on GHG
Many companies and governments report their greenhouse gases in CO2 equivalents in accordance with the international GHG Protocol standard. In addition to CO2, there are other gases that retain heat such as methane, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases and water vapour. These gases are then converted to CO2 equivalents in order to be able to compare the effect. The GHG protocol makes a distinction between direct and indirect emissions.
Scope 1 are the direct emissions as a result of burning fossil fuels for heat or transport of your organisation.
Scope 2 are the indirect emissions as a result of electricity generation during the combustion of coal, oil and gas for your organisation.
Scope 3 are the indirect emissions as a result of energy used for the purchasing services and goods.
“When we burn fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), produce cement, destroy fertile soil and forests, we ensure that CO2 enters the air, so that heat is retained by the atmosphere. Our livestock, rice fields, dumps and gas extraction sites are knocked out methane, warming the planet even further. Other greenhouse gases, including nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases, getting out of our agricultural lands, industrial areas, cooling systems and urban areas, and joining the greenhouse gas mix. It is good to have in mind that climate change has many sources. The solution must therefore be found in system thinking preventing the damage to our planet. Climate change threatens to undermine our social structures and the foundation of our democracy. To combat climate change and thanks to Paul and his colleagues we now also have a plan that shows us how we can combate climated change. Getting started, I would say “, Dr. Jonathan Foley
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