Green technology and the environment
What is the key role of this technology in our efforts to make a positive impact in the future?
One day you open your browser and search the news one morning. As you scroll through the events happening in the world, one topic stands out because of the sense of urgency in the headlines:
In the politics section, you find that Boris Johnson closes a £400 million deal with Bill Gates to boost green technology: “We will only reach our ambitious climate targets if we rapidly scale up new technologies in areas such as green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels, technologies that seemed impossible just a few years ago.”
In the business article discussions, you read about Accelerating the widespread use of green technologies, “We are no longer operating under the same broad timelines as before. 2030 is only nine years away, and there is a lot that needs to be accomplished by then to meet the goals the industry has set for itself.” “The risks associated with missing our climate targets are now greater than the short-term risks of a failed trial. I believe that change is the new normal; evaluating and adopting new ideas and technologies will be necessary to succeed as a company or individual, today and in the future.”
Since the late 1980s, the United Nations has sought to address the need for an alternative to fossil fuels that requires the integration of all nations to meet environmental and developmental challenges. The result of these efforts was thought to be more environmentally protective and less polluting solutions: Green technologies.
What is green technology?
According to the research paper Green Technology and its Implications for the World, green technology is defined as “a general term that encompasses any technology created to be environmentally friendly from its production line to its use. It is a continually evolving form of technology that aims to be less taxing on natural resources as humans consume resources faster than they can be replenished.”
In this way, Greentech, as it is also known in English, refers to the technology used in the production process to mitigate the footprint of industry in the use of natural resources, in addition, it has applications in the field of energy as it seeks to reduce the impact of harmful materials on the environment.
Greentech’s objectives focus on:
Protecting the environment.
Sustainable use of natural resources.
Proper waste management.
These objectives seek a new course in the behavior of all of us, invite us to rethink the way we live in this world, to be aware of the effect we have on the planet and the impact of the consequences, which we can see now. These are simple steps that require the development of habits every day. One of the ways we can make a positive impact is by demanding the use of the green technologies that exist now.
Examples of Green Technologies
According to British Columbia Sustainable Energy, our sources for a green technology solution come from the very world we live in, let’s see what types we have:
“Wind energy transforms the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity through the rotation of turbine blades. This creates a mechanical force that a generator converts into electricity.”
“Solar electricity is generated when photons (sunlight) land on the photovoltaic cells of a solar module. Photovoltaic cells can be used in a wide variety of applications, from small individual cells that charge calculator batteries or watches, to systems using multi-cell module arrays that power individual homes, to large power plants covering many acres.”
“Geothermal energy uses heat escaping from the Earth’s core as means to heat up the water to produce steam and use the pressure to produce electricity. Once the steam condenses, the water can be pumped back out for reuse.”
“Hydroelectricity is the production of electricity by using the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy, accounting for 16% of global electricity generation.“
“Wave energy is created by wind passing over the ocean surface. The irregular, oscillating flow of wave energy in the oceans (kinetic energy) can transmit energy over long distances with little degradation. The energy of a wave is determined and calculated by the wave height, speed, length and density of the water.”
These green technologies are how we can enable change for the environment. They need the commitment of all our governments with solutions embodied in strategies, plans and policies. The United Nations has an important responsibility to step up to help with the necessary cooperation and support.
How does green technology affect the world?
The planet has begun to show the consequences of our way of producing and consuming goods and services. Climate change caused by us is causing the planet to transform: floods, storms, forest fires, hurricanes, among other natural disasters are changing the shape of certain places we once knew and are now disappearing. Michael Matheson, Net Zero’s Cabinet Secretary has referred to the 2021 COP 26 meeting as “the world’s best chance to avoid the worst consequences of climate change”.
The impact that green technologies have starts by changing the way we think and live our lives, going beyond the issues of know-how, processes, goods and services, financing, equipment, management and organizational procedures. They are tools that require our commitment to save the planet.
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