4 Ways Green Tech Will Change the Future, If We All Apply It
Incorporating green tech in our lives will not only affect the environment, but will also have an impact on job opportunities and food supply.
Climate change and global warming continue to pose a serious threat to humanity’s survival. Fortunately, green technology is helping slow down global warming’s impact. As more countries apply green technology into their processes, materials and manufacturing, green tech will change the landscape of different sectors from using electric vehicles like electric scooters to clean energy sources, such as solar panels and hydropower. Ultimately, it will make life cleaner, better and help restore the environment. Here are just some of the many changes the world can expect if more people apply green tech.
Reduce Carbon Emissions from Road Transportation
Transportation accounts for 23% of global carbon emissions. These include public and private vehicles, boats and planes. To reduce harmful gas emissions, more cities have been pushing for public and private electric vehicles like e-scooters, cars, buses and bikes. In fact, the UN Habitat launched the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) which aims to increase electric vehicle use by 30% by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions to 30% by 2050.
Aside from electric vehicles, green fuel enhancers like Biofriendly’s Green Plus® have also helped reduce carbon emissions in vehicles. Green Plus has treated 1.7 billion gallons of fuel and helped reduce 1,333,803 tons of carbon dioxide in the air. Using these green tech innovations will significantly reduce carbon emissions in urban areas allowing people to breathe in cleaner air.
Create a Plastic-Free Environment
Plastic is one of the greatest hazards to the environment as it takes a long time to degrade. So, it pollutes the land and sea, which can harm the species that inhabit it. Through green tech, many organizations have developed ways to help eliminate the current plastic waste. For example, a Scotland-based company uses plastic waste to bind asphalt and create roads. These roads reduce plastic waste, eliminate the need for oil in making roads and create longer-lasting roads.
Moreover, green packaging made from natural plant fibers allows businesses to use non-toxic and biodegradable product packaging. Sustainable packaging innovations help reduce the carbon footprint from various sectors, especially the trade industry. Eliminating the use of oil and petroleum from packaging materials and processes, then replacing them with plant-based or biodegradable materials and sustainable processes, will allow businesses to become greener. If more companies and people strive to eliminate plastic, the world may live a plastic-free lifestyle in the future.
Provide More Job Opportunities
Contrary to the belief, switching to a greener economy results in job losses, a report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) says the green sector could create 24 million new jobs worldwide by 2030. A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says these jobs will come from wind energy production, solar photovoltaic industry and biofuels-related agriculture/industry.
According to the OECD report, green policies will transform the economy’s structure as it leans towards sustainable economic activities. This also includes changes in aggregate income and the macroeconomic environment. Although the overall effects of green policies are still uncertain, projections predict shifting to green policies will create more job opportunities than its losses.
Solve Food Shortage Through Vertical Farming
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization reports there will only be a third of the land left from what was available in 1970. With the global population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050, this raises the issue of food shortage. It also emphasizes a need for more food production. A green tech innovation that proves as a promising solution is vertical farming. It is a farming method geared towards stacking plants vertically, thus enabling farmers to plant more in a smaller space.
Vertical farming also reduces environmental footprints from the agricultural sector as it reduces the use of land, water, fertilizer and chemical. Moreover, it encourages farming near or within urban areas, enabling stores and consumers to get fresher produce. Reducing the land used for farming can give way to planting more forests and reducing more carbon dioxide. Although there can be significant expense involved in vertical farming, the economic and environmental benefits outweigh its costs.
Green Tech and You
While these green innovations will help restore our environment, and allow us to live sustainable lifestyles, it all depends on us. Are you willing to adopt and implement green tech fast? After all, time is running out. The more we prolong saving the environment, the longer it will take for its impact to take place.
Author Bio: This is an article contribution from Mearth. Mearth is Australia’s first electric scooter developer redefining transportation. Mearth’s mission is to create quality, sustainable and fun electric scooters for a range of riders in Australia.