One of the most important requirements to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the sincere struggle of the world’s leading economies to protect and develop the earth, the global ecological system, the climate, and the environment. The preservation of all the riches of the global ecological system and the efficient use of all subway and surface resources, a rather dark future awaits us. Sustainability is one of the most indispensable global trends of the 21st century.
One of the priorities for the scientific world is to make all the inputs we use in the production of all goods and services to meet the needs of more than 8 billion of the world’s citizens suitable for recycling and technological progress towards “zero waste”. This, according to an article published by the Daily Sabah and written by Kerem Alkin, economist and professor at Istanbul’s Medipol University. Only a technological leap in which the inputs used in all strategic sectors could be reintroduced to nature and could be completely free from becoming waste will lead us to a sustainable future.
Alkin believes in “a sustainable energy economy” as an indispensable pillar of a sustainable future and to make the world liveable for future generations, but the very economy rests on another three pillars:
The first is sustainable energy production based on future solar and wind technologies. Second, we have fixed battery units and fixed battery systems as important technological breakthroughs and discoveries of the near future. Third, all kinds of vehicles work entirely with electricity; i.e., fully electric transport and logistics vehicles. We’re not just talking about cars and land vehicles; we also refer to fully electric sea and air vehicles. A very long and arduous research and development (R&D) challenge awaits us for rockets and spacecraft.
“Sustainable energy generation means creating an energy production composition based on hydro, geothermal and nuclear sources by prioritizing solar and wind. Sustainable energy production is also an important requirement for self-sufficiency in energy requirements, which has become even more important for countries”, said Alkin.
The most fundamental challenge for the next 10 to 25 years is for countries to design their energy supply security in a way that preserves the environment and ecological balance and achieves the net-zero carbon target. This is why the economist believes that developing technology for solar and wind-based energy production and building facilities and power plants based on new technologies is as important as developing storage technologies, especially for electricity produced by renewable energy derivatives.
In this process, the most challenging aspect, the one to overcome, is to produce a next-generation battery cell. It represents an indispensable step for the development of all-electric vehicles and logistics vehicles, which are the third pillar of the sustainable energy economy revolution, as well as for the large-scale storage of electricity produced by renewable energy opportunities. Progress in next-generation battery technology will be the most fundamental factor determining the speed of transformation in the energy economy revolution.
To build a more sustainable future for our children and the next generations, everyone’s participation is essential. That’s why, at eSmart Recycling, we believe in public-private partnerships. We would not be able to deliver equipment to at-risk children and families in the same way if many community stakeholders were not involved; from our corporate partners, to our non-profit partners.