Navitron Calls for Increased Carbon Footprint Reduction In Light of Earth Overshoot Day

Following Earth Overshoot Day on 19th August – an awareness day created by the Global Footprint Network signifying the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget of natural resources for the year – Stephen Knight, commercial director for Navitron, one of the UK’s leading suppliers and installers of renewable technology, believes more can be done to reduce carbon footprints throughout the UK.

Following Earth Overshoot Day on 19th August – an awareness day created by the Global Footprint Network signifying the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget of natural resources for the year – Stephen Knight, commercial director for Navitron, one of the UK’s leading suppliers and installers of renewable technology, believes more can be done to reduce carbon footprints throughout the UK.

Earth Overshoot Day is the day when our ecological deficit to Earth by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thereby operating in overshoot.

Stephen commented: “The fact that we, as humans, have used up our budget of natural resources with over four months still left in the year should raise a major red flag with people across the globe.

“Too much pressure is being put on our planet to support such a large global population; however, much more can be done to relieve that pressure so our consumption is taken down to a sustainable level.

“Making a switch to renewable energy, whether its through solar panels, biomass boilers or heat pumps, to power and heat our homes and businesses is a key way of reducing non-renewable intake across the board.

“The government incentives and money savings that come with these technologies are great, but what's more important is that these types of green energy systems, combined with better insulation and other energy efficiency improvements, can reduce some carbon footprints by over 50% a year.”

While only a rough estimate of time and resource trends, Earth Overshoot Day is as close as science can be to measuring the gap between demand for ecological resources and services, and how much the planet can provide. Since starting in 1987, Overshoot Day has moved from 19th December to 19th August – four whole months.

According to Global Footprint Network’s calculations, the United Kingdom’s residents consume the ecological resources of 3.3 United Kingdoms – also stating that humanity is on track to require the resources of two planets well before mid-century.

For more information about Earth Overshoot Day, visit http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/earth_overshoot_day/

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