The effects of global warming are being felt around us every day:
We are witnessing more extreme weather, retreating glaciers and melting ice sheets, rising sea levels and flooding.
These changes are impacting global ecosystems and the lives millions of people around the world in terms of food, water supplies and disease
Effects of Climate Change FACT: A third of the world's species will face extinction and if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise (May 2007 IPCC report). FACT: If global temperatures rise by 1.5-2.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 -4.5F), up to 2 billion people will face water shortages by 2050 (May 2007 IPCC report )
Human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are directly contributing to global warming
Striving to stay below CO 2 concentrations 450ppm = average global temperature increase of 2 ° C
IPCC’s ‘business as usual’ scenario predicts that annual emissions of CO 2 will rise to 20.3GT by the year 2100. The concentration of atmospheric CO2 will be 750ppm. This is double today's concentration.
We must act now!
Climate Change FACT: Level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere today are higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years. FACT: The Earth’s surface temperature has risen more in the last 20 years than in the last 120 years.
A movement for change Mass behaviour change: society can undergo rapid and profound moral shift People Ready for informed decisions on low carbon products Economy / Business Deliver low carbon products and services Must differentiate real action from greenwash Global Standard A globally recognised symbol and standard to signify planet-friendly products and services “ There is a moral change in the public’s attitude to global warming” Sir David Attenborough. Guardian online , Nov 08
The first step is to determine how much carbon is emitted into the atmosphere as a result of your activities. This is the measurement of your carbon footprint and should be calculated each year to see if you are reducing it.
For business: A Planet Positive Accredited Consultant will determine an accurate carbon footprint measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tC02e) in accordance with the Planet Positive Protocol. The Consultant will help you collect energy, transport and other data associated with your company’s operations, services or product manufacture.
For Individuals: Personal footprints are measured using the simple-to-use carbon calculator on www.planet-positive.org which helps
Reduction of your carbon footprint is essential. You must identify and delive r real reductions. For individuals and business, energy use and travel are typically the biggest contributors to your carbon footprint.
Business: Your Accredited Consultant will work with your to create a Carbon Action Plan designed to help you reduce company-wide emissions and engage your supply chain to deliver low carbon products and services.
Individuals: Help is at hand on the Planet Positive website, with advice, case studies and a product directory of Planet Positive products
Step 2: Reduce FACT: reducing your carbon emissions means you will reduce your energy consumption in the process reducing costs and saving the planet
After you have reduced your carbon emissions you will need to offset your remaining footprint by investing into verified carbon reduction projects
We want you to offset your footprint by 110% i.e go beyond neutral to be carbon negative = Planet Positive.
Online Investing: Choice of verified carbon offset projects on the Planet Positive website. Selected and vetted in accordance with the strict guidelines Planet Positive Protocol so you KNOW your investment will result in real carbon reductions.
ATOMIC‘s Renu is the first regenerative ski boot. Made from biopolymers, cotton and bamboo fibre,it reduces our ecological footprint while still delivering the same performance as a conventional ski boot.
The entire boot: comprises 80% renewable raw materials which can be recycled. Renu has retained the natural colours so that another ski boot or another synthetic product can be made from it afterwards.
The Renu represents a small ecological revolution.
In order to assess the environmental performance of the Renu, dcarbon8 carried out two separate studies that measured all life cycle impacts of both the Renu and a ‘BAU Boot’, the Nuke.
Metrics of environmental performance generated through these assessments were used to compare the Renu with the Nuke and where reductions have been made.
In comparison to the Nuke, the Renu was shown to have a 12.5% reduction in embodied carbon , a 50.6% reduction in fossil fuel use , a 58.5% reduction in ecotoxicity and a 5.8% reduction in ozone depletion .