Green Technology refers to any technological activity that strives to conserve fast depleting non renewable sources of energy, replacing them with renewable or unlimited sources of energy and raising efficiency of energy use by deriving more out of less.
What are its objectives
One of the main objectives of Green Technology is to devise a technology that can sustain the demand for energy among people. There is no use for a plan that falls short of supply in power. Therefore, deriving cost effective ways of producing environmentally friendly power plants producing alternative energy is probably the most significant goal of this technology.
Reducing carbon footprint and reversing the activity of global warming is another important goal of Green Technology. For every tree that is cut, or for every forest that is cleared, there should be replacement saplings planted and wildlife reserves maintained to counter the effects of these activities. And these replacements should be made in the same rate as that of the consumption of these energy sources.
Products should be renewed, recycles and reused instead of being thrown away after using them one time. This concept is known as the “Cradle to Cradle” goal unlike the “Cradle to Grave” objective where manufactured products are simply replaced with new ones after using them.
New ideas should be proponed, supported and developed constantly to improve Green Technology so as to make it as efficient and abundant as the non renewable sources of energy, at the same cost of production, if not at a lower one, so that it is industrially and commercial viable.
How to accomplish goals
Achieving the benefits of Green Technology requires collective efforts on the parts of industries, individuals and governments from all over the world.
Purchasing bio-degradable products is one of the most basic steps towards a more bio-friendly environment. Choosing to use the public transport instead of using individual vehicles to travel is another such basic lifestyle change that is required from the world as a whole.
Using renewable or unlimited sources of energy is a great way of conserving the non renewable ones. Installing solar panels in the house to derive electricity from it is one such idea. Solar energy can also be used to heat water and simply provide light during the day.
Using electronic appliances that consume lesser electricity can go a long way into reducing one’s carbon footprint on the planet.
Many corporate houses decided to switch to alternative sources of energy to make use of the concept of Green Technology. Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickle of Texas decided to do so instead of continuing to use fossil fuels and coal energy for his organization.
After becoming President of the United States, Barack Obama promised to provide green jobs to laborers in the Rust Belt. This resulted in an investment of $5 billion in nine months.
Another green technology breakthrough was proponed by Thomas Hinderling, a Swiss researcher, who decided to build a number of solar islands which would also produce large amounts of inexpensive alternative energy.