Energy. Looking For Sources of Something We Waste. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Energy. Looking For Sources of Something We Waste. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

We need Energy to survive. And then, we need more energy to survive… with style.

Formal practices of survival require energy to obtain more energy to support our style of live. Which in turn, demands energy to address the consequences of having to deal with the residuals generated in the process of production and furthermore, the waste produced due to misuse and excess.

So in order to avoid the negative repercussions derived from our systems of production and consumption the conclusion achieved is that we “need” to find alternative sources of energy to keep consuming increasing amounts of energy.

Well, I wonder, why are we looking for sources of something that we already waste?

America s Supersized Energy Waste. By Melissa C. Lott | May 16, 2012. In this work the energy embedded in wasted food was calculated by considering the energy needed for the production, transportation, sale, and preparation of the food. To access the entire report, go here.

We are looking for sources of something that we already waste. So, are we applying the right mind set?

The answer might be, because the system in place to obtain and consume energy is not sustainable. But such scenario has raised from a very narrow mind set behind it which accepts huge amounts of energy wasted for as long as the production cover demands, maintaining losses as part of control measures over market competency. And that is where trading values and assets come in place, as it always has done.

Energetically sustainable, how much energy is invested versus how much is produced which makes the work that covers a need.

Energy stored in Fossil materials (coal, petrol, gas) has been handled with very pour energetic efficiency. And same has happen in other sectors like food manipulation. If we choose to invest all “our eggs” into renewables, the only way to make it sustainable comes through assessing the mind set applied.

We have to remember that most of the technology relies on heating up water, from burning fossil fuels to nuclear and even solar. We are still in the Steam Era mind set.

Based on the current state of the energy infrastructure, I believe that the challenge ahead is being presented in not underestimating the amount of energy wasted throughout the development, maintenance, use and disposal of our old and new technologies.

I am aware of that by just pointing to issues does not contributes enough to find solutions. My position at this point is that the reduction of emissions to mitigate GHGs should come by applying a mind set focused on energy efficient sourcing, manipulation and recovery in all sectors.

The concept of “Waste”, should be penalised in all sectors. That would allow a transition between systems of production and consumption, maximising the value of the already set infrastructures, limiting the impact from developing technologies and enforcing sustainability in the use of the remaining resources in the planet meanwhile adapting to a more efficient “symbiotic relation” between human activities and the environment.

If you are interested in this line of approaching energy concerns in a limited planet, try some other posts from this blog:



About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage:! DOIs can be generated on demand by request at email: d.fdezsevilla(at) for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. **Author´s profile: Born in 1974. Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my work previous to 2013 as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After 12 years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, in 2013 I found myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my own line of research. In the current competitive scenario, in order to demonstrate my capacities instead of just moving my cv waiting for my next opportunity to arrive, I decided to invest my energy and time in opening my own line of research sharing it in this blog. In March 2017 the budget reserved for this project has ended and its weekly basis time frame discontinued until new forms of economic and/or institutional support are incorporated into the project. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this platform and at LinkedIn has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my achievements and that the Intellectual Property Rights generated with the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in similar lines of research. **Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome as well as any approach exploring professional opportunities to be part of.** In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at
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