Comment on speech of Bill Gates, to world Leaders @ “ Summit Climate” -- Improve old technologies – Forget new ones (case: electric showers)
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- Apr 29, 2021 4:15 pm GMTApr 29, 2021 12:08 pm GMT
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Since Rio 92 Summit, 30 years ago I see unfulfilled commitments being postponed to 20 years later, and the Planet being destroyed. The Greenhouse Effect ,extinction of animals, destruction of forests in Amazonia are just the most visible aspects of hundreds of issues. One of them, much less visible, are the world-wide technical standards never mentioning "avoid waste, improve durability, reduce the waste of resources". Most technical standards are prepared only under the view of short-term engineering and business.
It called my attention, the speech of Bill Gates, to world leaders, at the April’s 2021 “Leaders’ Summit on Climate”, about avoiding a climate disaster. He said to be impossible to meet goals using today’s technology, because all of today’s zero-carbon technologies are more expensive than their fossil-fuel counterparts. Mentioned three steps as necessary (no mention to the word Education):
- To develop technologies that allow to eliminate emissions.
- Tap the power of markets to fund and deploy innovations to compete with fossil fuels.
- To adopt policies to accelerate / make cheaper the transition, rewarding who need to take difficult measures.
All the necessary technologies exist for decades They are considered unfeasible, as in the Gattes words, only because the world regulatory agencies do not include “environmental and social costs”, in the energy tariff paid by taxpayers. We do not need new technologies. We need to improve the existing ones and share them with non-developed countries. The shorter way is to change the logics of stablishing energy prices world-wide and give Education to all.
In this article I show a domestic example of easy reduction of wasting of resources. I show the case of electric showers. I could use other examples from my book. However, the resistance of my shower failed again yesterday, and I identified the reason. Can be solved just including a single test detail in technical standards. Good intentions are easier to be perceived when come from small things monitored in our daily life, and not 10 or 20 uncertain years after, as the promises in the “Leaders’ Summit on Climate”.
Read the complete article in https://www.cognitor.com.br/electricshower.pdf