The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is about ‘Consuming with Care’.
We are all consumers one way or another. To sustain ourselves physiologically, we need to consume food. We consume fossil fuels in our vehicles to get to our destinations, we use electricity generated by non-renewable resources, solar power, hydroelectric plants and wind turbines to light up our homes and our way in the night. We consume information through the use of regularly-updated technology – electronical devices that would be impossible to manufacture without the materials that we extract from the Earth. Often overlooked is the collective impact of our consumption habits towards our environment. In Baotou, Inner Mongolia where rare earths are being intensively mined for the production of consumer electronics, computers and networks, communications apparatus, and many others, we now have a gigantic lake filled with radioactive, sulfur-smelling, toxic sludge; a Hell on Earth. This is but a gloomy snapshot of what would happen in a global catastrophe if we fail to control our consumption. We are consuming at such a progressive rate that greatly facilitates the advancement of our human species at the expense of the environment, oftentimes neglecting the looming fact that if the Earth dies, so would we.
As professionals in the industrial automation industry, we cannot ignore the fact that industrial waste, if not kept in check, can cause irreversible damage to our environment. Recycling efforts in the sector play a pivotal role in safeguarding our environment, and we are dealing with products that can be easily repurposed and refurbished when rendered obsolete and ultimately remodelled for greater efficiency and less wastage . Reductions in waste can come from areas such as reduced materials, reduced energy and resource usage, improved quality, reduced scrap, and trading in old products for new ones. Leading manufacturers of industrial automation products are realizing this with a view to ensure that their products are easy to recycle and do not introduce hazardous materials into the environment – resulting in cooperation at local country level with the development of the procedures and organisations to deliver the infrastructure for the collection, recycling and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment products. This is a significant step towards lessening the consumption of materials and energy needed for product manufacturing and regaining the crucial symbiotic balance with nature.
Reducing time and energy consumption in your business
How much time are you and your colleagues collectively using daily on your work computers, work tablets and mobile phones to find business opportunities amongst like-minded professionals in the industrial automation sector? Or electricity for that matter, seeing that apart from current renewable energy sources, electricity is still mostly being generated from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil or coal?
From a microcosmic perspective, the niche aspect of B4 Network enables to you to consume the two highly valuable resources in your business – time and electricity, with care by streamlining your search for new and potential trading opportunities among industrial automation professionals located all over the world.
Save time, save electricity, and go green with B4 Network!