The Question Utilities Should Be Asking Technology Providers in 2022
- Jan 25, 2022 6:41 pm GMT
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If people weren’t already talking about climate change and its’ consequences before COP26 summit in 2021, they sure are now. In the world of utilities, this has led to increasing pressure the replace carbon emission-producing energy sources with renewables.
While this is the most important step utilities can take to help reverse climate change, it’s not the only thing that can be done. Choosing technology providers and solutions that are environmentally sustainable is something we’re going to start hearing a lot more about in 2022 and beyond.
Technology is helping reduce Co2 emissions by enabling sustainable development, energy efficiency, transportation, and even new fuel sources. For example, a Canadian start-up called Carbon Engineering takes carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and uses it to produce fuel. According to the company, “Direct air capture can remove far more Co2 per acre of land-footprint than trees and plants”. While these solutions are promising and exciting, technology is inherently a Co2 producer. There’s no way around it, but we can do better.
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