Current estimates suggest that there are 7 billion people sharing the planet with the natural world, competing for space and resources. Attempts to curb the negative impacts that humanity has on the natural world and the global environment puts serious issues like climate change high on the political agenda for many governments around the world. Alongside policy and governance, a new breed of technologies are helping humanity fine tune the delicate balance between the developed and natural world.
Environmental technology, also known as ‘green’ or ‘clean’ technology, refers to the application of environmental sciences in the development of new technologies which aim to conserve, monitor or reduce the harm humans regularly cause the environment while consuming its resources. Sustainable development sits at the core of environmental technology – adopted practices that fuel economic development by avoiding the depletion of natural resources and further polluting.
Put simply, environmental technologies aim to protect the environment. They offer ways of consuming which are less polluting or do so in a sustainable manner, and often provide new ways to avoid depletion of natural resources altogether. Prominent examples include solar and wind energy, water desalination (the removal of salt or other minerals from saline water), electric vehicles, and pyrolysis (thermochemical decomposition of organic material).
Innovative emerging environmental technologies
Dozens of new and innovative environmental technologies emerge every year, some ready for mass consumption, and many more at prototype and proof of concept stages – all ultimately connected by the desire to provide sustainable tools for our collective use.
CITIG has partnered with many leading EnviroTech companies. A couple of examples include:
A global leader in delivering a product that can convert any water source into clean drinking water, according to World Health Organization standards. The product includes All-in-one options which combine all elements needed to provide drinking water: Source, Treatment, Storage, Distribution. Produce drinking water from any possible water source. Easy to use, quick to deploy, high level of safety. Used by governments, cities, private organizations.
Transform Food Waste into Bioplastics
Another partner of CITIG in this category creates a triple win for industrial manufacturing: food waste is transformed into high-value feedstock. This then passes through an industrial process with a near-zero carbon emissions footprint. The result is a high quality, lower cost biodegradable bioplastic to be reused in various formats.