Many buzzwords have been used to describe green energy production, and many businesses who sell, refine or produce oil, coal and gas have in recent years attempted to rebrand themselves as ‘carbon progressive’, ‘carbon conscious’ and ‘enviro-friendly’. But what does it mean to really be helping the planet?
By definition, green energy is any source of power that comes from renewable sources, and is generated to be carbon neutral or carbon positive. This includes solar, some forms of hydrogen and biogas, hydropower, and geothermal energy.
The green energy industry is one of the fastest, most highly supported industries to date (Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions, 2020) with the United States leading the charge for green initiatives, with the intention of becoming net zero in 2050. This means that many businesses who have original worked in oil, gas or coal are now attempting to migrate their model to renewables, as non-renewables dry up and more support is lent to green businesses.
Unfortunately, this change comes with some caveats. Whilst a positive output of this transition is the increase in global green energy production, much of the energy produced by these businesses are still generated from non-renewables, despite their greener branding. Resultantly, consumers are oftentimes unaware of their own impact on the environment, despite their best efforts to work towards carbon net zero for themselves and their loved ones.
With many campaigns now attempting to capitalise on this growing industry, bill payers need to be more aware of what it means to be part of the green energy movement.
Many criticisms of green energy have cropped up over time, with some arguments becoming obsolete as new technology is made, while some have become industry-wide problems to this day. One of the primary arguments (for example) against solar energy is that it’s unsuitable for all climates, requiring specific conditions (such as being within a specific temperature band, having direct access to constant sunlight, size of land it takes up and its under-efficiency compared to other renewables) results in it being inefficient for mass use, especially in areas without the necessary light for solar arrays to run. Similar arguments exist with other forms of renewable energy sources.
However, one key feature of renewable energy is energy diversity. Human engineering has long made it possible to influence and change how humans interact with natural resources and land. Where solar power is not possible, cities can take advantage of geographic fault lines, coastal areas, high velocity wind and steep terrains, rivers and more.
Green energy isn’t just a substitute for coal, oil and gas. It is a highly diverse and usable energy source that becomes cheaper and cheaper to develop, use and implement as time passes. Soon, green energy development will allow human urban development to work alongside nature, rather than overtaking it.
GLE is working to make this future a reality. Our first steps towards ‘green urbanisation’, such as our E-Mobility, Microgrid and Charitable utilities aim to change how consumers approach travel and energy production, whilst businesses, communities and areas benefit from our long-term infrastructure construction. We hope that this infrastructure acts as a strong foundation for generations to come, allowing consistent, low-cost access to electricity, mobility and increased quality of life.
GLE is not a typical business. We work for the benefit of the people, in a way that you can see in your day-to-day life. Our moral goal is to help heat homes during the cold nights, bring jobs and economic benefits to impoverished areas, help to prevent blackouts and keep costs down reliably for our users. We are aiming to develop our business strategies and services for new and existing markets, implementing the feedback we receive from our community and supporters, into fair, easy to utilise models that do not detract from our core message and aim to bring functional and fair revenue into GLE.
As an adopter of green energy, we feel it is necessary to be in touch with our community, and include them into everything that we create. Stay in touch with our work by following our Twitter, Telegram and Facebook channels.
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