The best practice for organisations and individuals seeking carbon neutral status entails reducing and/or avoiding carbon emissions so that only unavoidable emissions are offset. Carbon neutral status is commonly achieved in two ways:
- Reduce your carbon footprint by balancing the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, with renewable energy.
- Carbon offsetting by paying others to remove or sequester 100% of the carbon dioxide emitted from the atmosphere – for example by planting trees or by funding 'carbon projects' that should lead to the prevention of future greenhouse gas emissions, or by buying carbon credits to remove (or 'retire') them through carbon trading.
Processes such as rapid prototyping, in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object reduce material use, waste and energy costs.
Why Environmentally Benign Industry?
Material Demand Reduction
One-third of the world's energy is used in industry to make products. Most of this energy is needed in the early stages of production to convert raw materials and natural resources. These materials are sold cheaply, but use a lot of energy. Therefore, the critical materials with which we create modern lifestyles - steel, cement, plastic, paper and aluminium in particular - are the main 'carriers' of mechanical energy, and if we want to make a significant reduction in industrial energy use, we need to reduce our demand for these materials. HV Promotions’ consultants has the expertise to aid industry in energy conservation.
It is crucial to investigate material recovery from solid waste management and materially-complex products to optimise the material recovery chain from system engineering and environmental perspectives.