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Has Corporate Gone Green? 4 Cleantech Solutions Revolutionising The Business Landscape

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With global emissions increasing at an alarming rate, more and more businesses are recognising that they must find ways to become ecologically friendly and turn to ecologically-friendly practices.

As corporate business continues to go green, cleantech solutions are becoming vogue, allowing firms to access sustainable ways of doing business without harming the environment. Here, we learn about how cleantech solutions are revolutionising the business landscape.

What is Cleantech?

Cleantech is about developing and rolling out technical solutions that help businesses combat the impact of climate change, reduce their carbon footprint, and ensure that their practices enable them to become carbon-neutral.

Eight categories of cleantech

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Cleantech processes cover every business aspect, from producing and using energy, water, and other essential resources, to creating sustainable transportation, land management, and waste solutions.

Top 4 Cleantech Solutions Changing the Business Landscape

The main areas that cleantech focuses on are renewable energy, low-carbon construction practices, alternative transport, and circular waste management. Here’s more detail on each:

Renewable Energy

Fossil fuel depletion is one of the most urgent crises facing humanity today. Not only does the use of fossil fuels hurt air quality and our environment, contributing to global warming and an increase in respiratory conditions, such as asthma, but the world’s reserves of fossil fuels are rapidly depleting.

This combination of factors produces a pressing need for businesses to use alternative, renewable energy sources that last longer and do not harm the environment. Energy companies are investing heavily in these new sources, including solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal energy, to increase the proportion of energy consumed from renewable sources.

Industries across the board are turning to renewable sources of electricity to make their processes and operations cleaner, more sustainable, and green. From switching to renewable-only tariffs to bringing energy production in-house through on-site wind turbines and solar panels, cleantech energy solutions will succeed in bringing down a business’s carbon footprint and overheads.

Low-Carbon Construction

There’s no getting away from the fact that the construction industry is notorious for releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. Whether through carbon emissions into the atmosphere, pollution through the disposal of waste materials, or the use of ecologically destructive materials during the building process, recent years have seen a real effort from the construction industry to reduce the environmentally harmful impact of their practices.

The sector’s transition towards less damaging ways of working has seen a shift towards low-carbon construction practices, which include, as far as possible, using more sustainable and circular methods.

Examples include using natural features in buildings, such as plant walls or self-cooling exteriors that allow new-builds to self-regulate temperatures without needing expensive and potentially harmful heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, new homes are increasingly incorporating sustainable and renewable materials that help reduce a dwelling’s carbon footprint. For instance, using hemp-based concrete and bamboo flooring instead of polluting materials is energy efficient without impacting quality.

Alternative Transportation

The reliance of the transportation industry on fossil fuels is one of the most significant challenges businesses face today as they strive to reduce pollution. Recent years have shifted many companies away from polluting road haulage practices, relying on diesel-emitting lorries clogging up roads, to the more ecologically sound rail network. Although the rail haulage sector also remains too reliant on diesel locomotives, a train’s ability to haul up to 70 wagons simultaneously reduces road traffic and takes 69 lorries off the road.

EV vehicles

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Meanwhile, continuing developments in the ability of electric vehicles (EVs) play an ever-greater role in helping businesses turn to sustainable transportation solutions. Types of EVs include battery-powered vehicles, hybrids (including plug-ins), and hyperloop techs. Testing is continuing on different sustainable fuels, from green hydrogen derived from splitting water into its constituent Hydrogen and Oxygen elements to the increasing use of clean biofuels for circular recycling and repurposing waste.

Circular Waste Management

Finding safe and sustainable waste management solutions significantly lowers the harmful impact on the environment. Circular waste management looks at ways companies can employ innovative methods to reduce the disposal of waste and garbage into landfill. These include ensuring that all waste is separated to allow recycling as much as possible and upcycling materials to provide them with new uses to improve the product’s life cycle.

Meanwhile, several new techniques have been developed to turn waste into energy through pyrolysis, incineration, gasification, and anaerobic digestion. Each of these processes turns waste into fuel which can power other sustainable business operations. Other circular waste management processes include wastewater treatment, greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting, and chemical recycling.

Has Corporate Gone Green?

Business has come a long way in the past decade with the increasing use of cleantech solutions to help reduce carbon emissions and play their part in contributing to reducing global warming and the release of greenhouse gasses into the environment.

Although it’s too early to describe corporate as “Green,” the business world is well on its way to playing its part in helping preserve the planet for future generations to enjoy with the increasing adoption of these and other cleantech business solutions.

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