The dream of a smart city, where all our quantifiable needs are fulfilled by automated servants, has often seemed a little farfetched. It has, nonetheless, eternally been a human fantasy: that machine labour would offer freedom from those menial tasks that take up so much unnecessary time.
In this instance, civilisation would have reached the peak of human efficiency. The first stumbling block though is of course, energy.
With non-renewable fuels being a finite resource, all but the most stubborn countries are putting serious effort into energy alternatives. With the constant improvement in these technologies, the energy self-sufficient home is starting to seem like a real possibility.
The importance of finding sustainable, low-emission fuels has never been greater. Being able to sustainably power our own homes could be a huge step in the right direction. There are about 25 million homes in the UK alone, producing 40% of total UK emissions. Total energy production in 2017 was 0.4 per cent higher than in 2016.
This increase, though modest, was mainly due to rises in bioenergy and wind, solar and hydro-electric power. With the switch to energy efficient, self-sustaining homes will become increasingly reliant upon solar energy, as this technology is one of the most developed for domestic application. Companies like Tesla are already offering ‘Solar Roof Tiles’, however it is only a matter of time before products such as this become available for the mass market.
Another way homes will be able to move towards self-sufficiency, is in their efficiency. Currently, homes in Britain are some of the least efficient in Europe, and at the same time, Britain’s building sector is identified as having the most potential for carbon emissions decrease in the future.
On a wider scale, many countries across the world have set very ambitious targets for energy efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings. Over 35% of buildings in Europe are over 50 years old, and improving their efficiency could lower EU energy consumption by 5-6%. Alterations to the EU Building Performance Directive also aim to be constructing energy-neutral buildings by 2020.
Energy use for room heating, cooling and ventilation accounts for more than one-third of the total, primary energy demand in the industrialized countries, and is in this way a major polluter of the environment.
Another way we can improve efficiency and lessen the effects of our lifestyles on the environment is in the way we deal with domestic waste. Only 45% of household waste ends up being recycled, with much of it ending up in landfill. Waste in landfill releases harmful emissions such as methane & carbon dioxide as it degrades, which have been identified as the main causes of global warming. Moreover, much of the waste we produce finds its way into our rivers, and eventually, oceans – seriously affecting marine ecosystems.
Here at Amio Wealth, we are financing revolutionary new projects that aim to tackle these issues head on. Our projects include Waste-to-Energy solutions and green, sustainable housing projects. We are extremely conscious of the world around us, and the problems we are all facing, which is why we want to work with investors to help build a better future.