Schneider Electric Partners with Global Footprint Network to #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day

Sep 6, 2017 10:55 AM ET

HONG KONG, September 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Schneider Electric and Global Footprint Network signed a global partnership to engage people around the world in moving the date of Earth Overshoot Day—the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year.

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric, are joining forces to promote sustainable solutions that are available today and estimate their impact on moving the date of Earth Overshoot Day. Humanity needs to move the date only 4.5 days per year to operate within the means of our one planet before 2050.

Global Footprint Network is highlighting four solution areas to #movethedate: cities, energy, food, and population. “Many of these solutions directly align with Schneider Electric’s values, practices, and capabilities in the energy and city solutions space. Schneider Electric is a logical partner as a company whose business model focuses on creating a sustainable future.” says Mathis Wackernagel, founder and CEO of Global Footprint Network.

For more than 10 years, Schneider Electric has been committed to reducing the impact of natural resources usage in its own operations and the operations of its customers:

  • Schneider Electric’s four key market areas consume 70 percent of the world’s energy, representing a significant opportunity to curb energy consumption and drive global economy’s planet-compatibility
  • On behalf of its clients, Schneider Electric has transacted on more than 60 million megawatt-hours of green power and more than 1.5 megatons of carbon offsets in more than 30 countries, including advising on over 2.1 gigawatt installed capacity of new build wind and solar projects. The company has provided renewable energy and carbon offsets to more than 8,000 global LEED® certified green building projects.
  • The company is on track to reaching its target score of 9/10 on its externally audited Planet & Society barometer. The barometer’s 16 indicators measure Schneider’s progress in environmental areas such as Climate Change and Circular Economy

“Through our partnership with Global Footprint Network, Schneider Electric aims to further promote one-planet compatibility in our global economy and mobilize citizens, other companies, and governments around the world to help #movethedate of Earth Overshoot Day back to December 31. Our EcoStruxure solutions reduce energy and CO2 intensity of homes, buildings, cities, grids, data centers, industries, and they help #movethedate” says Xavier Houot, Senior Vice President, Global Environment for Schneider Electric. “