January 28th was declared by the UN as the key day of the year to curb CO2 emissions and make decisions to take care of the planet.
Also called World Global Warming Action Day, this day was created in 1977 with the aim of raising environmental awareness about the climate change we are suffering and the environmental impacts it generates.
The emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) such as Carbon Dioxide or CO2, among others, causes what we call “Global Warming”, a phenomenon responsible for the rapid alteration of the climate, thus affecting all life on the planet.
As a result of this problem, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988.
Its main activity is to periodically assess scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, as well as its causes, impacts and response strategies.
The 1.5ºC limit
Signed by 190 countries in 2015, the Paris Agreement established the safety limit of not exceeding a global temperature increase between 1.5ºC and 2ºC with respect to pre-industrial levels.
As we all know, it is necessary to radically reduce Greenhouse Gases until reaching their almost total elimination in order to achieve this.
According to the UN climate change area, we are not on the right track because by 2030 they estimate that emissions will have increased by around 16.3% compared to 2010 levels. This would significate an increase in temperature of approximately 2.7ºC by the end of this century, far from the safety limit set in the Paris Agreement.
In order to maintain this 1.5ºC target, scientists and experts estimate that global CO2 emissions would have to fall by 45% by 2030 compared to 2010. To stay within 2ºC, they estimate that the reduction should be approximately 25% for the same year.
Decrease in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in Spain for the first time since 1990.
The Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has recently published in the Government Delegate Commission for Economic Affairs (CDGAE) the data for the period 1990 – 2020 of the National Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and other polluting gases in Spain.
This publication indicates the figure of 275.3 million tons of CO2 at the national level in 2020. This represents a reduction of 12.4% compared to the year 2019, considering a decrease of 5.2% with respect to 1990, and 37.8% less than in the year 2005.
These figures are due to the impact of the current pandemic, the 19% reduction in transport emissions, and the decrease in electricity demand, among other consequences.
However, these efforts are still insufficient. In Spain, we will have to double our annual decarbonization rate in order to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC.
Calculating and reducing CO2 emissions in freight transportation.
Transport is the sector with the greatest weight of GHG emissions, representing 25% of the total.
Concern for the environment and the future of our planet have been part of EccoNetwork’s DNA. Since our creation, we have been clear about the importance of reducing CO2 emissions in international freight transport.
Thanks to the combination of innovation and cutting-edge technology, we have been able to develop different pioneering tools to help our members and suppliers in their sustainable transition by calculating and reducing CO2 emissions in their freight transports. These advances and developments have made us the sustainable logistics operator of reference in the sector, both nationally and internationally.
At EccoNetwork we believe that knowledge must be shared. From this idea was born our digital platform designed to calculate and reduce the carbon footprint in the supply chain of our members, in a simple and intuitive way and without altering their logistics strategy.
By using it, our members bring added value to their products and services, increasingly demanded by both suppliers and end consumers.
With EccoNetwork, we are creating the first global network of agents united by sustainability and concern for the environment. Its main objective is to reduce the impact of freight transportation on the planet. One of the main benefits that our members receive is access to the avant-garde digital platform to reduce the carbon footprint worldwide, calculating and reducing a minimum of annual CO2 emissions to achieve our common goal.
All members commit to avoid, reject and report any greenwashing they detect in their country.
In the last six months alone, we have calculated more than 400,000 tons of CO2 through EccoNetwork’s platform and reduced more than 290,000 tons of CO2.
We also allocate 15% of the income received to environmental projects such as EccoForest, which aims to reforest different deforested areas of the country.
Currently, more than 2,000 native species have already been planted.
Taking a step forward to close the circle.
In addition to calculating and reducing, at EccoNetwork we also offset our carbon footprint through CO2 absorption projects.
This past year we have compensated the totality of our carbon footprint with the reforestation project in the Monte de Utilidad Pública Nº 134 Orzaduero (T.M San Martin del Pimpollar), registered in the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) and promoted by Bosques Sostenibles, S.L.
At EccoNetwork we always take a step forward, leading the change.