New technology can help in ensuring a sustainable future by providing solutions to some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges we face today. Some examples of how new technology can contribute to sustainability are:
• Biomass converted into coal substitutes: This technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by replacing fossil fuels with renewable biomass sources such as agricultural waste.
• Virtual reality that inspires behavioural change: This technology can create immersive experiences that educate people about the impacts of their actions on the environment and motivate them to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
• City water fountains that save water and plastic: This technology can provide clean drinking water to urban residents without using plastic bottles or wasting water. The fountains use sensors and smart meters to monitor water quality and consumption.
• Environmentally friendly water-based paints: This technology can reduce the use of harmful solvents and chemicals in paint production and application. The paints are made with natural pigments and biodegradable materials that do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or cause health problems.
• Shared electricity using blockchain: This technology can enable peer-to-peer energy trading among consumers who have excess solar power or other renewable energy sources. The blockchain platform ensures transparency, security, and efficiency in the transactions.
• Sustainable computer centres powered by green energy: This technology can reduce the carbon footprint of data centres, which consume a lot of electricity and generate a lot of heat. The computer centres use renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power, and use natural cooling systems such as seawater or geothermal energy.