It gets hot in Tokyo! Athletes must be prepared for extreme heat. The temperatures are highest from June to September. Climate tables show that the average daytime temperatures from the end of July to the end of August are between 26 and 31° C - and that with very high humidity. This is exactly the time when the competitions are held.
The World Championships in Athletics in Qatar have already shown how problematic competitive sport is under extreme climatic conditions. Physical strain increases and limits athletic performance, as the body uses an enormous amount of energy for air conditioning. As a former professional athlete and national coach I know this only too well.
That's why it's important to save energy now with the right cooling strategy in order to use it successfully in training and competition. So that you can reach your medal goals in Tokyo healthy and full of energy.
The world cup in Qatar 2022 cast its shadow ahead but the discussions about heat stress of players will start this summer with the European Championships.
Work or physical exercise in heat is nearly impossible without sweating but this process needs huge amounts of energy. Exhaustion, loss of performance and health problems are the results.
Professional soccer teams still use cooling vests in the warm up phase and in every break as well as cold water immersions (cryotherapy) for recovery. A professional strategy to beat the heat and save energy. In a 2 years test period a european soccer team showed with IR measurement and investigations, that cooling with E.COOLINE vests made a big difference in heat
The topic of climate change and heat development was the focus of the World Economic Summit in Davos. Even Donald Trump advocated more trees and reforestation. The sad proof of the climate catastrophe is provided by the bush fires in Australia, which have kept the fire brigade in North South Wales on tenterhooks for weeks. This is why, on the initiative of firefighter Oliver Schmidt and Director Stefan Kimpel, the Frankfurt/Main fire brigade received over 200 E.COOLINE cooling vests and baseball caps from the Ulm-based company pervormance international at a charity concert in Frankfurt. The vests and baseball caps were immediately shipped from there to Australia.
The enormous heat - especially underneath the protective suits - is extremely exhausting for the emergency services on site, who are now exhausted to the maximum due to the heat stress. So far, there has been no relief in the form of cooling clothing. With the climate-neutral E.COOLINE cooling vests and cooling headgear, the emergency services can now be protected from the negative consequences of heat stress with a cooling capacity of 660 watt/h: Circulatory problems are reduced, the heart rate is lower, the emergency services have to sweat less and better concentration and performance increases safety and health during operations. The energy saved due to reduced sweat production can be used for more important things.
Although forest fires are common in Australia. However, the current bushfire season is breaking all "records" and the increasing heat and drought due to climate change is expected to further encourage fires. Oliver Schmidt, who himself used to work for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in Australia, made this clear at the presentation of the donation based on the temperature development in Australia. This shows that heat protection for the emergency services will become even more important in the future.
Gabriele Renner, Managing Director of pervormance international GmbH, emphasised: "We are sure that cooling vests will be able to facilitate the important and difficult work of the emergency services in Australia in the future. The fact that the cooling vests are now being used on site is a good example of how politics, companies and organisations can work together to help quickly and unbureaucratically with innovations from Ulm".
Together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, we are involved in the Alliance for Climate Protection, a broad social alliance of companies, associations and municipalities, for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Treaty, and support climate protection projects in emerging and developing countries.
With the Paris Accord, the international community has agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C (target 1.5°C) compared with pre-industrial levels. The climate target is to be achieved in international cooperation through national climate contributions. However, the climate contributions announced by the international community to date are by no means sufficient to achieve this goal. At present, they amount to a temperature increase of 3 to 4°C.
In order to achieve the common goal and keep the temperature rise as low as possible, increased commitment and immediate action by all is therefore required. In addition to avoidance and reduction, the compensation of CO2 plays a very important role.
Allianz relies on the potential of voluntary commitment and the leverage of CO2 offsetting projects in developing and emerging countries.
We are involved and take our share of responsibility by recording all CO2 emissions of our company and the entire product range and offsetting them through a recognized climate protection project.