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?
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:
- Debating Climate, Environment and Planetary evolution. Define your position. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on October 2, 2014 by
- Domesticating Nature. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) May 7, 2015
- PARIS2015. Many Observing How Few Talk. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) December 1, 2015