The fight to save the planet and reverse the effects of climate change is at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially with the growing media coverage. However, our efforts are not enough, technology plays a very important role.
Every little change we make can help the collective effort to make things greener, but it takes widespread action to really make a dent in the problem.
Using technology instead of just relying on people offers great solutions, because sustainable technologies support the efforts of green businesses, and since almost everyone on the planet depends on businesses of all kinds to live their lives, c is a key area to target.
It can also help people green their home lives, which is important as many of us are moving towards a work-from-home or hybrid model.
Greener supply chains, for example, can lead to drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as there are 5.6 million businesses in the UK alone.
Greener technology for businesses
While the extent of change will be determined by the size of a company and therefore its budget for sustainability-related investments, even small changes will pay off. Embedding this green ethos into company values early on means it’s more likely to stick as the company grows.
For large companies, making changes to how their supply chain is monitored is key to successful sustainability efforts. Having a clear picture of exactly what is happening at each step of the process is essential when it comes to making green procurement decisions.
Sustainable technology can help identify areas for improvement, including where businesses can reduce unnecessary waste.
Along with greener supply chains, green cities can also bring many positive changes. The ever-growing population of the planet and the incessant urbanization in the world mean that our cities are increasingly congested by a growing demand for resources.
Carbon emissions are increasing and as a result, air quality is deteriorating. Air pollution is not only harmful to the environment, but also to human health, causing respiratory and cardiovascular problems, among other chronic conditions.
Here too, sustainable technologies can come to the rescue
The Smog Free Project, for example, aims to clean the air, making cities a greener and healthier place to live and work. This award-winning tower can purify the air at 30,000 m3 per hour and at just 7m tall, it doesn’t take up too much space.
If these towers were installed in cities around the world, they could make a significant difference, advocates point out.
At the same time, making the most of limited natural resources can also contribute greatly to a more sustainable world. The demand for traditional energy sources like coal and oil has not diminished; however, these sources are running out and burning them is damaging our planet’s atmosphere and contributing to global warming.
Sustainable technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines can help us harness the natural resources around us to power our infrastructure.
Although the capacity of these green technologies is not the same around the world due to geographical differences, economic wealth and climatic conditions, there is still a lot of untapped potential and room for new innovations.
As many governments focus on net-zero emissions targets, renewables will become increasingly mainstream in the years and decades to come, dramatically reshaping the energy industry.
By Sustainability Times. Articles in English