July 28, 2022
Earth Overshoot Day marks the day when humanity has used up all the natural resources that the Earth can restore and provide within one year. From that day on, humanity lives beyond its means from an ecological perspective. In 2022, Earth Overshoot Day falls on July 28.
The international sustainability organization Global Footprint Network calculates the earth's biocapacity, i.e. its ability to regenerate used resources and break down pollutants. The biocapacity is then compared with the global ecological footprint.
Not only the past, but also our decisions in the here and now determine our future. Global consumption of energy and raw materials continues to rise. Climate change, resource scarcity and biodiversity loss are the most pressing challenges of our time.
There are many solutions to influence Earth Overshoot Day.
By expanding renewable energies, for example, Earth Overshoot Day could be postponed by 26 days if at least 75 percent of electricity were generated by renewable energies. Worldwide, the figure is currently only 39 percent.
Earth Overshoot Day could be postponed by 29 days if existing technologies for buildings, industrial processes and electricity distribution were better used to develop smart cities.
With our energy and charging management software IO-ELON, we make electromobility easier and make a decisive contribution to the mobility and energy transition.
PV systems can be integrated into the charging processes of electric vehicles without much effort. Based on weather data, the charging management system forecasts the level of solar yield and shifts the charging processes so that as much renewable electricity as possible is used. Vehicle availability is not restricted in the process.
Targeted, battery-friendly charging can double or triple the service life of the vehicle battery. Damage to the battery can also be detected at an early stage via the telematics module integrated in the vehicle. By treating the batteries with maximum care, valuable resources such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese can be used over a longer period.
Compared to combustion vehicles, electric vehicles do not emit any polluting CO2 emissions while driving. Today's electric car emits about 30 percent less CO2 emissions over its complete life cycle than today's combustion car.
With 100 electric vehicles in the fleet and an average of 80 kilometers traveled per day per vehicle, up to 135 tons of CO2 can be saved per year!
Already in the planning phase of the electric vehicle fleet, a prior analysis makes sense. Nevertheless, through optimal use, process optimization and monitoring, the number of charging stations and vehicles used can be reduced and the fleet operation can still be carried out safely and smoothly.
The Global Footprint Network identifies more than 100 ways we can improve our resource security in five key areas (healthy planet, cities, energy, food and population)