What is the footprint?

What is the footprint?

Everything we consume takes up land.

The ecological footprint measures the human demand on nature, and indicates the amount of land it takes to support our lifestyle.

Everything we consume takes up land. Food, for example, takes up space because of cultivation and transportation. And space for forests is needed to take up CO2-emissions generated by our electricity usage and transportation.

Average footprint

Globally we use an average of 2.7 ha of living space per person, but in many countries the average footprint is much bigger. Our current lifestyle requires 1,5 Earths, and particularly Spain needs 2,8 Earths, but we only have 1. Food accounts for the biggest part of the footprint, followed by stuff and energy. Your personal footprint depends on your lifestyle.

According to the United in Science 2020 report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the direction of the United Nations Secretary-General, the period between 2016 and 2020 is expected to be the warmest in history, with an average global temperature rise of 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial era. The causes that have made climate more extreme include the rise in Co2 and other greenhouse gases.

Small acts, like traveling by bike round town, can help not only our well-being but the planet’s as well. 

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The carbon footprint measures CO2 emissions from everyone’s daily activity, including the production and consumption of goods and services.

According to the WWF’s Living Planet Report, if we haven’t changed our habits by 2050, we would need 2.5 planet Earths to sustain our activity. Things like deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and illegal exploitation of resources have widened the biodiversity gap. For instance, the number of vertebrate species in nature has declined by 68% since 1970.

As a founder member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), Santander is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Small acts, like traveling by bike round town, can help not only our well-being but the planet’s as well. Here, companies play a fundamental role. As a founder member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), Santander is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

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