Innovative Technological Solutions as the Next Step in Achieving Sustainability
Climate change is a serious concern for the international community, as extreme and irregular weather conditions caused by climate change are detrimental to both developed and developing countries. Solutions need to supplement the direct approach of limiting the consumption of fossil fuels.
One solution crucial to the achievement of global sustainability is technology. Green technological solutions vary in form and purpose, yet share the same overall goal, to stem the impact of climate change for future generations. These solutions support and enhance the sustainability initiatives that many organizations and cities have already implemented. Many of these initiatives are geared towards mitigation; others are geared towards adaptation.
In a paper published by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), technology is framed as a means towards adaptation. The organization states that while there are already mitigation actions being implemented, adapting to climate change is just as important. With the global landscape already altered by the effects of climate change, our planet and communities would be better off with technology that helps the world’s population adapt to potentially radical changes in the environment.
Green technologies vary from those based on long-existing knowledge to new innovations. In some cases, the best solutions are those based on long-existing knowledge and newly updated with recent technologies. With prices for solar panels and wind turbines continuing to drop, these traditional forms of sustainable technology are getting new life from organizations that work to increase their efficiency through constant innovation.
Other organizations focused on creating new technologies have begun developing their own products and solutions that promote sustainability.
The Role of Cities in Promoting Green Technology
The role of cities in the promotion of sustainable solutions is of the utmost importance. Starting at the local level, government and business leaders are able to ensure that the solutions they adopt are the ones best suited for their city. The consequences of climate change affect citizens all over the world, and many of them have become more supportive of green projects and deliberately aware of the decisions local leaders make for the sake of sustainability. Following are some cities that have adopted innovative technology solutions to promote sustainability on the local level.
Green Technology as the Key to Sustainable Development in the Global Marketplace
Energy production has increased, mostly with the help of technological advancements . Improvements in technology are often followed by a rise in use, as seen in the popularity of green technology. Investments in renewable energy have gone up considerably, with 2014 seeing $270 billion in investments worldwide.
Global companies view modern technology as an effective tool in aligning their business objectives with sustainability goals. H&M and Puma’s decision to team up for a textile-to-textile recycling technology is part of their business strategy aiming to integrate sustainable practices into corporate operations. The technology’s design is inspired by the circular economy model. By choosing to reuse and repurpose old or substandard products, companies help reduce the pressure put on the supply chain. Such technological advancements change the way companies conduct business.
Government and business leaders have taken up different methods to integrate sustainable technology into their operations. One popular strategy is to partner with a consulting firm to ensure that the technology will fit perfectly with the organization’s existing strategies. Another method is to create a technological solution to complement an organization's existing sustainability initiatives. Creating IT-based solutions is an effective way to integrate sustainability into operations. Software solutions are especially valuable in data monitoring, managing and reporting, thus ensuring that sustainability initiatives are supported by accurate and reliable data. As the world goes green, leaders have embraced the challenge to discover new innovations that will further the advancement of sustainable technology.
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