You may have heard of CO2 emissions and the issues surrounding them, but most may not fully understand the implications and details associated with approaching the going concern of CO2 emissions.
To refresh ourselves on some basic chemistry, CO2 in simple terms is 1 carbon atom combined with 2 oxygen atoms, resulting in what we know as carbon dioxide.
The gas produced by the combustion process, in excess, can cause harm to the environment. It damages the environment through the deterioration of the Ozone, a gaseous layer in the atmosphere that protects Earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted from the sun, thus leading to what we know today as global warming.
Long story short, there are various ways in which world citizens contribute to carbon emissions on a daily basis, some of which are the following:
- Keeping a light bulb turned on for four hours produces 0.2 kg of CO2;
- Turning on the dishwasher is equivalent to taking a shower, 1 kg of CO2 is in the air;
- Keeping an increasingly active freezer means generating 40 grams of CO2 per hour;
- Driving 10 km with a gas powered car (32 mpg) emits 2 kg of carbon dioxide.
This list could easily extend further, but in regards to the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that was signed in 1997 by more than 160 countries in Kyoto, Japan. The treaty outlines environmental protection initiatives that aim to be taken and introduced by early 2005.
The treaty acknowledges the necessity to decrease carbon emissions in order to prevent the greenhouse effect and the expansion of the hole in the ozone layer. For this reason, all countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol must commit to reducing emissions by at least 5% in comparison to the emission levels of the late 1990s.
It can be noted that although more than 160 countries have signed the treaty, those who have refrained from doing so are seen by international community as complacent in addressing the high global level of CO2 emissions.
While there are parties who are not as eager to tackle the issue, we at Veranu, however, are taking the initiative to contribute to environmental sustainability.
We ended up with the concept of Veranu, a solution that converts the kinetic energy of foot traffic into electricity. The higher the foot traffic, the higher the amount of energy is delivered, making it an ideal solution for installation in high traffic areas such as airports, town squares, shopping malls, and government buildings, as well as private residences as part of a home automation scheme.
This is our way of adopting the initiatives introduced by the Kyoto Protocol, with the aim of helping to safeguard the environment without giving up our daily convenience.
What do you think?