As Global Heat Continues, Electronic Shelf Labels Help Reduce the Planet's Carbon Footprint

This summer, hot weather continued to hit the world. since July, many countries in Europe and the United States issued extreme heat weather warnings. At the same time, the hot weather has also brought secondary disasters such as fires and droughts. Obviously, a series of environmental problems brought about by rising temperatures have threatened the survival and development of human beings. Carbon emissions are the main cause of global temperature rise.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its "Global Energy Assessment: CO2 Emissions to 2021" report in the first quarter. According to the report, global greenhouse gas emissions will reach a record high of 40.8 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2021, with energy-related CO2 emissions reaching 36.3 billion tons. Therefore, in order to actively address climate change, protect our homes, and achieve sustainable long-term development, carbon neutrality is needed.

What is carbon neutrality? Carbon neutral means that the total amount of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions produced directly or indirectly by a country, enterprise, product, activity or individual within a certain period of time can be offset by planting trees, energy saving and emission reduction to achieve a positive or negative offset and achieve relative "zero emissions".

As a result, more "carbon" is consumed and more "carbon dioxide" is produced, which is the culprit of global warming. With human activities, global warming is also affecting people's lifestyles and causing more and more problems.

In 2002, a 3,250-square-kilometer ice shelf in Antarctica fell off and melted away within 35 days. According to the latest NASA data, Greenland melts away an average of 221 cubic kilometers of ice sheet per year, twice the amount of ice melted in 1996.

Climate change has increased the frequency and severity of natural disasters. These disasters increase the spread of diseases and pathogens, which in turn threaten human life. A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that the effects of weakening permafrost due to rising temperatures may be even more widespread - potentially releasing bacteria, unknown viruses, nuclear waste and radiation, and other chemicals of concern. Also, the World Health Organization says that a 2 to 3 degree Celsius increase in temperature would increase the number of people at risk of malaria by 3 to 5 percent, or affect hundreds of millions of people.

Carbon emission reduction has become a global consensus, and countries have taken measures to control carbon emissions. By the end of 2021, 136 countries and 115 regions around the world have set a "carbon neutral" target. At the same time, many leading companies in the international retail industry have also set carbon neutral (net zero emissions) strategy targets: Carrefour has pledged to reduce 30% by 2030 compared to 2010; Wal-Mart has pledged to reduce 15% by 2025 compared to 2015, etc.

Different retail enterprises take carbon reduction measures according to their own characteristics will focus on, BOWTZ electronic shelf label by reducing the retail enterprise's energy use can not only save costs, but also help the environment by reducing the emission of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, for the retail enterprise's energy conservation and emission reduction to make due contribution, is an important choice for the retail enterprise to reduce carbon emissions.

1.Electronic shelf label design low power consumption, reduce carbon emissions

BOWTZ ESL strikes a balance between low power consumption and environmental protection. We choose low power consumption chip, 2.4GHz private protocol, shrapnel gold plating process and e-paper technology to provide high-end ESL solutions for the global market. Especially, the use of e-paper technology contributes more to environmental protection.

The carbon emission of paper shelf labels is 32,000 times higher than that of ESLs. e-paper consumes almost no power when ESLs display static images, and only requires a small amount of power when switching display screens.

According to statistics, in the past seven years, the world has installed about 600 million electronic shelf labels. To change the price 52 times a year, for example, is equivalent to saving nearly 3.9 billion pieces of paper, for the global reduction of 97,030 tons of carbon emissions. 2022 in the first quarter, the global electronic paper shipments of 72 million pieces, is expected to ship 280 million pieces of the year, probably can save 1.82 billion pieces of paper, the future at least for the global annual reduction of about 46800 tons of carbon emissions.

2. ESL can reduce the large amount of carbon emissions from food waste

Every year, the total amount of food wasted in supermarkets alone around the world is 10.5 million tons. The dynamic price change of the ESL allows supermarkets to respond to their promotions in a timely manner. The ESL dynamic price change can reduce 17%-30% of the supermarket food waste, equivalent to a reduction of 1.785 million tons to 3.15 million tons of food waste each year, that is, a reduction of 3.68 million tons to 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions. This figure is very amazing. Obviously, the ESL has made a positive contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions brought about by the reduction of food waste.

BOWTZ ESL solution empowers the smart retail industry with innovative technology, and is actively committed to providing more efficient and sustainable digital solutions for enterprises, taking advantage of low carbon and environmental protection, helping global retail enterprises to develop sustainably in a green and low-carbon way, and helping to reduce the burden of the earth!