What is Green Technology?
Green technology is the application, improvement and enhancement of methods, processes and materials so that the long term and short term effects on the planet earth may be reduced. Green technology is a hot issue of debate globally as assuming today’s prevailing conditions as the 11th hour serious efforts are being put in to minimize human impact. Alternative term for Green technology is Sustainable technology.
Green technology has significantly touched all the fields of life and is still evolving. Social responsibility, economic opportunities and maintainability are the key parameters. Nature has been devastated towards a tipping point and resources have reached such a depletion level that an irreversible damage has been caused to nature.
Goals of Green Technology:
The main idea is preservation of planet earth and sustainability of resources and the living beings in a way that the ecological balance is not disturbed.
Decrease in fuel consumption and switching to non-conventional energy resources. Moreover, reduction in fuel wastage and renewable resources are under way. The concept of Refuse derived fuels is now a growing trend. Reusing of papers, plastics, cans and bottles along with renewal of resources and materials. Water treatment and reuse along with safe solid waste disposal. Maintenance of Air quality. The environmental policy being upheld stresses:
- No wastage of power
- No water wastage
- Zero food wastage
Green technology is an approach towards uplifting environmental policy.
Benefits of Going Green technology.
The green technologies will bring fruitful results in the form of reduced carbon emissions thus lowering the carbon footprint, controlling global warming and efficient reuse of resources will ensure sustainable existence. It will bring corporate benefits as energy efficient green buildings and manufacturing will lower the cost of production and there will be smart utilization of lighting and cooling resulting in handsome savings at power creation end.
The “Go Green” slogan can be heard everywhere these days- on news, politics, business, technology. Firms are growing socially responsible and millions and billions of ideas and techniques are being put forward to minimize human impact on the planet earth. However, the ditch of disposable and the fear of developing go green fatigue are turning the tables owing to their ubiquity.
As a matter of fact everything we do has an impact on planet earth. From lifestyle to buying patterns everything can be monitored and modified keeping in view the global impact. Beginning with a positive impact is very simple. Only the big picture is to be understood for setting small milestones. All is required is– How to Go Green and why Go Green?
Why Go Green
Going green is a prerequisite to market sustainability these days. The reason is that:
- Green products and cleaner production techniques are the blooming markets with increasing profits.
- Consumers should have the concept that buying green can reduce financial burden in the form of reduced electricity bills and is safer and a healthy option.
- Small initiatives can result in long term significant impact. The waste created by plastic bottles. Water consumption is through the healthy requirement of the body yet using reusable bottles is healthier.
How to Go Green
Golden principles towards Sustainable development are:
- Earth’s absorption and its regeneration capacity should not be disrupted.
- Natural resources should not be exploited ruthlessly. Once depleted they may not be recovered and the alternative might be extortionate.
- Even the renewable resources must be utilized within a safe limit. Their consumption must not exceed their regeneration levels.
Green tech will hence compel industries to minimize their impact on the environment. Competition will add fuel to the fire as only being socially responsible will earn business to many by providing them a competitive edge over the others in the business market. Industries have to devise cleaner production techniques, water recycling and dumping factory waste.
Living on the Edge of Extinction:
Ever since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, planet earth has suffered a lot sometimes in the form of droughts and sometimes due to flood episodes, global warming causing increase in the sea level and the spread of pandemics all have caused irreversible changes.
In the state of this chaos, Green technology is the only silver lining. Our resources are limited, excessive use and wastage has caused precious resources to deplete e.g. chemicals from leather tanneries and other factories has polluted the drinking water to a hazardous extent. This water has in turn affected our agricultural food crops. The posed threat is alarming.
Overuse of plastics has resulted in loss of biodiversity as these plastics do not decompose and are very difficult to get rid of. But Biodegradable plastics have become a blessing these days.
Burning of fossil fuels in industry and for transport has deteriorated the air quality. Bulks of solid waste not being managed properly has resulted in elevation of solid waste pollution. Overall, the quality of life has been declining planet wide.
What Future Brings:
Companies will prefer to continue business with environmentally friendly firms. Significant climate change episodes will occur rendering |GO green as not a choice but the only choice. The transport industry will be revolutionized. Millions of dollars will be continued to be invested in the field of Solar and other renewable energy resources. Smart homes will emerge from a concept to a reality.
There will be more production of electric cars and battery operated cars that will be more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and mileage.
Cloud computing will notably reduce the carbon footprint as companies maintaining their own data centers and servers operating 24/7 will switch to cloud as an approach to proceed. Green building design will utilize lighting and cooling in office building efficiently.
Dependency on conventional energy resources shall be replaced with non-conventional sources like wind energy, tidal energy, Geothermal and tidal energy. These are renewable resources and have a less devastating effect on planet earth.
The three R’s —Reduce, Recycle and Reuse will cut down the waste that is dumped on a daily basis. These will save land requirements for landfilling and cost incurred in disposing of waste in our communities.“