3 Technologies Benefiting the Environment
We may argue that technology has caused the environment more harm than good. Now, more than ever, the invention of new technology can make drastic changes to the world we live in. It can help to protect our eco-systems, increase sustainability and reduce our overall carbon footprint. We need technology to begin reversing the devasting damage we humans have caused.
Renewable energy is energy that is accumulated from renewable resources such as sunlight, wind, and tides. Without a doubt, the development of clean energy has been one of the most important technological advancements in recent years. Renewable resources have become more accessible and cheaper, making them much more appealing to consumers.
Some companies believe wholeheartedly in renewable energy. Apple announced in 2018 that its global facilities are run entirely on renewable energy. This includes retail stores to data centres, across 43 different countries. Accordingly, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook has said, “We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it”.
The appeal for electric cars has become increasingly prevalent in society. Especially with the growing concern of carbon emissions and pollution. Electric cars are better for the environment. They emit fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants over petrol or diesel cars. What’s more, there are still numerous developments underway, so the number of emissions and pollutants being released, is sure to decrease still.
Since October in the UK, more than 54,000 plug-in cars have been sold in 2019. The total number by the end of the year is set to reach a new target. With more than 20 manufacturers now investing more in electric cars than ever before, we think they are soon to hit the mainstream.
The digital age is most certainly upon us. More people are using smart devices than ever before. Who would have thought 10 years ago that you would be able to access your emails through your watch? Because of this, businesses and individuals have begun to use far less paper than in previous years.
Many companies send out payslips, bills, newsletters, and other communications by email or upload it onto an online portal. Retailers have even begun emailing receipts rather than printing them. Everything has become more easily accessible. This has benefited the environment by lessening the demand on the tree population and therefore helping to reduce deforestation.
Conclusion – Has technology really helped?
Understandably, technology has not always been beneficial to the environment. We are now in a position where we decide the future of our home. Hopefully, we have learned from our previous mistakes and can use technology to not only benefit the planet but maybe even reverse some damage too.