The production of goods impacts climate change in two ways, directly and indirectly. Any kind of machinery requires some sort of energy for functioning which generally comes from burning fossil fuels. This is the direct negative impact of industries. The indirect impact refers to all emissions produced off-site which can include product distribution, disposal, commuting and employee travel. Production of cement, iron and steel are known to be the most emission-producing materials. Unfortunately, there is also a myriad of other materials produced in tons daily which ends up in landfills such as plastic, textiles, aluminium, processed food, etc.
Our model of the industry is particularly flawed because it stands on a linear lifecycle. We produce, use and throw away. If we could break away from such a system that wastes precious energy and materials, we could resolve one of the largest contributors to climate change.
Luckily there are already many alternatives to the current practices that could help make the change faster.
Increasing industrial efficiency, especially in heavy industry, could ensure that materials are being produced with lower demands on fossil fuels.
Alternative energy sources
Industries could switch to other sources of energy, eliminating carbon emissions substantially.
There can be new materials developed that use sustainable and natural resources.
Recycling has been gaining real momentum in recent years and for a good reason. Reusing, repurposing what we consider waste helps us transition towards a circular economy.
If we raise enough awareness, train professionals from these industries and make the necessary changes, we could see a true revolution in the ways we produce goods.
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