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Country and Global Sustainability Plans are Dysfunctional and Dooming

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About the author: Dennis G. Roberts President of Energy Efficiency Done Right Consultant to Gerson Lehrman Group and TGR Research for Energy Efficiency and Windows Past contributing author...

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As a planet, we act like we get it but our actions indicate we do not! "Our earth is struggling and getting worse and we need to take drastic steps. Yet our United Nations recently reported- "The effects of warming are already driving people from their homes as seas rise, as well as killing trees and animal species. We can adapt, but also urgently need to make deep and imediate emissions cuts to head off even worse impacts,",
even%20worse%20impacts%2C%20experts%20say.%20By%20Kieran%20Mulvaney. Indivdual countries and our planet seem to know the position we are in and we are spending billions of dollars but are not getting the needed results. Governmental entities are implimenting many varied plans and programs but with little to no meaningful effect. There are plenty of great goals- zero emissions by 2030, or 2040 etc....but the game plans are defective or we would be making noticeable progress. Planning and implimention are failing and obviously not as productive as it needs to be. We need a common goal and plan with good execution.
There is such an urgency now that as a planet we must get our act together. Imagine locking global leaders. the 
greatest scientists, and environmentalits in a room and not letting them out until they agreed upon impliemnting a plan that would insure we reach those emission reduction goals!
I am convinced the plan would be to minimize energy waste. Yes, we must must Reduce Before We Produce. We must minimize waste THEN increase our use of renewal energy! We should dramaticly reduce energy waste, then rightsize renewable energy sources.
According to a report from the University of Nottingham- "Almost half the energy produced in the developed world is inefficienctly used to heat, cool, venilate, and control humidity in buildings to meet the increasingly high human thermal comfort level demanded by occupants." 
We can and must do a far better job of identifing our sustainability goals and meeting or exceeding them. As a planet,we have been looking at the same information and coming up with different and mostly ineffective plans. Let's set our goals jointly, find the best path forward, commnicate well, monitor our progress, and exceed our energy demand and carbon emission reduction goals. With the saving obtained through good planning, we can fund other demand reduction plans and renewals energy projects. We can and must achieve our goals begining now.

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Matt Chester on Sep 19, 2022

We must minimize waste THEN increase our use of renewal energy!

Unfortunately we don't have time for this to actually be sequential, though I agree with you in spirit. We need to be doing both right now and we can't overlook the impact of minimizing wasted energy where feasible

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Dennis Roberts on Sep 19, 2022

Thank you for the comment but i strongly disagree. Maximizing energy demand reduction has a much better return and can fund renewal efforts that will then require less energy production. We can get significantlly better results and can have most energy demand projects self funding. 

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Thank Dennis for the Post!
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