Environment technology can be described as the application of environmental sciences for the sake of sustainable development. There are diverse areas in which environment technology is operational in one way or another.
Anaerobic digestion is a perfect environmental technology for waste management. It works by producing green energy from waste materials and reduces CO2 emissions and other land-filled gases. Advancements in environmental technologies have paved new ways for anaerobic digestion. Today, it is not only used for reducing waste volumes but many useful by-products are also generated from it.
Computers are one of the biggest environmental threats due to production and disposal of its hardware and the power consumed by it. In April 2008, a public computing company named Userful Corporation announced that their software saved 29,000 tons of CO2 emissions by allowing up to ten people to work from same computer. This environment friendly step is equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road and prevents electronic waste.
Determination of dry content of materials is really important in waste to energy solutions. Many vacuum ovens are available in the market that reduce the drying time by hours.
The old Jet printing ink systems by Simaco GmbH were sold in one-way containers that were then disposed off. The multi-path tank system has increased the life cycle of one-way containers from 600 to 1,800 operational hours. Simaco also developed easily removable jet printing inks that provide more eco-compatible cleaning. The rinse water of these inks can be re-processed and used for the production of new colors.
The petrol engine steering by META Motoren und Energietechnik consumes less fuel and produce less emissions. The use of this steering resulted in 20 percent decrease of gasoline consumption, more than 20 percent of CO2 emissions and about 60 percent of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions in the traffic sector.
Heavy duty machinery used in manufacturing generates significant noise pollution. We can control this noise pollution by keeping the machinery in sound proof rooms. It can also be controlled by providing ear muffs to the workers to guard their ears from the horrific impacts of noise pollution.
The above are some of the ways technology is being used to help the environment and produce energy efficient products.