How Green Technology Is Improving Our World
Environmentalists have been struggling long and hard to warn us about how we need to quit polluting our world and transform our civilization into a more eco-friendly one. The good news is that we are now living in a world where there is a push for more eco-friendly industrial products, more eco-friendly business, and more eco-friendly industries.
Although these measures may initially cost more, they offer a solution for a sustainable future. These measures are being taken because the cost of polluting our environment is becoming increasingly obvious and unless we take steps now, we will ruin the lives of future generations.
Let’s take a quick look at how the green revolution is impacting industrial products, businesses, and industries.
Eco-Friendly Industrial Products
While most people think of green industrial products as chemical-free cleaning products, these products can include materials like steel, too.
Chemical-free products, ranging from those used for household cleaning to those used in manufacture, provide better cleaning, decrease air and water pollution, use biodegradable ingredients, minimize ozone depletion, and reduce VOCs.
Meanwhile, the green revolution has also affected materials science. One example is harder steel wear plates. Green Steel Technology trademarked by the AJ Weller Corporation is used to produce alloy steel wear plates for high demand applications. Unlike conventional steel wear plates, this proprietary technology is hard enough to resist the usual abrasion that limits the efficacy of other steel wear plates on the market.
General businesses and technology businesses are going green.
As millions of people work in offices across the country, they use an enormous amount of energy and produce an enormous amount of paper waste.
Businesses are reducing energy costs by encouraging telecommuting, giving workers the flexibility to work one or more days at home. Telecommuting reduces electrical costs in the office and in the building because workers are now working from home. Telecommuting also cuts down the number of cars on the road by 2 million. This saves 840 million gallons of gas a year and saves drivers about $1,186 a year in gas prices if gas is calculated at $3.50 a gallon. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6,500 pounds.
In addition, businesses are reducing paper waste by transitioning to a paperless environment. By working on computers and using virtual documents stored in virtual files, there is less need for workers to use paper for work. Businesses are also encouraging their customers to go paperless by accepting e-bills and e-statements via email to reduce the amount of paper sent out through regular postal mail.
Technology businesses that use the most amount of electricity are big data centers. These data centers consume as much as 1.2% of the countries entire electricity consumption, which is more than double what it used to be at the turn of the century. Efforts are being made to cut this energy consumption. One initiative is to switch from alternating current, which became popular because it could carry electricity over long distances, to direct current, which works well for the shorter distances in data centers and which works remarkably well in reducing cooling costs.
The industries leading the charge to go green are the manufacturing industry, the freight industry, and the energy industry.
The biggest consumer of energy is the manufacturing industry. As much as 70% of their power consumption comes from equipment that uses multiple motors. The remaining 30% comes from heating and cooling expenses. An attempt is now being made to develop new manufacturing machines that do not require as much heating and cooling and that need fewer drivers and motors.
Shipping goods by road, rail, plane, or shipping is becoming increasingly difficult due to rising costs of fuel. While some costs are restricted to local transportation, other costs can be regional, national, or international. Shipping companies are looking for ways to reduce their costs by using hybrid fuel vehicles for transportation.
Traditionally, power plants have used fossil fuels to generate their power. Since these types of fuels are non-renewable, they are gradually exhausting the remaining reserves in the environment. Once these fuels are all used up, they can’t be replaced.
Since this is not a sustainable source of power, the energy industry is now using renewable fuel sources like wind and solar power. As a result of this initiative and progressive thinking, wind turbine centers and solar power plants are now becoming ubiquitous.
In addition, the energy industry is moving away from using large transformers to cleaner, more eco-friendly ways of producing power.
Motivation and Momentum
The movement to go green when it comes to industrial products, businesses, and industries is partially motivated by humanitarian interests, leaving a sustainable environment for future generations. It is also motivated by the fact that going green often increases efficiency and cuts down costs. Green steel, for example, endures longer than traditional steel and direct current reduces the cooling costs of big data centers. However, while remarkable innovation has made it easier to go green, much more work still needs to be done to incentivize more businesses and industries to join the green revolution.