MFG day highlights opportunities linked to climate change
Climate change is one of the most unique and immediate threats to our society today. Over the next three decades, our world is expected to undergo rapid changes that will dramatically affect our energy use. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow by two billion, the global economy is expected to double, 80% of new cars sold are expected to be battery-powered, and the demand for electricity to fuel this growth will increase accordingly. Currently, all forms of electricity generation affect our air, water and soil. The reality of the situation is that humanity’s impact on the environment will continue to expand. However, by producing and using electricity more efficiently, we can reduce the fuel needed for production, resulting in pollution such as greenhouse gases and other residues.
There are many viable and renewable ways to generate electricity, but the US Energy Information Administration projects that renewables will collectively increase to just 49% of global electricity production by 2050. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that 2.3 billion acres of new forest could help limit the increase in global average temperature over the same period. But, it also takes almost 30 years just to keep things the same.
However, companies today have the opportunity to make measurable change using innovations in manufacturing and industrial technology that allow commercial and industrial users to immediately reduce their electricity consumption and start having a positive impact on the environment. Dr. Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researcher and author of a recent report entitled United States Industrial and Commercial Automotive Systems Market Assessment Reportsuggests that this simple solution could help industry leaders achieve their sustainability goals.
âAs noted in our report, motorized systems operate in virtually every industrial site and commercial building in the United States, consuming almost a third of all the electricity produced in the country,â said Rao. It was found that these sectors could reduce their total energy consumption by up to 10% by replacing existing motors with high efficiency motors and variable speed drive technology and indeed, dramatically slowing the rate at which we are contributing to climate change.
In this series, leading experts will examine how commercial and industrial users in the United States can proactively participate in the energy efficiency movement championed by ABB, by implementing simple solutions that address growing concerns about the changing environmental, business and regulatory landscape in the United States. To find out more, follow ABB US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or visit ABB.com/us.
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