I hope you’re also very much excited to dive into the world of green and sustainable airplanes. We all know that the carbon footprint of the aviation industry is very much talked about when we speak carbon footprints. This blog, will explore the challenges, technological advancements, and policy-level impacts that are we should look into to understand what and how the transition towards a more sustainable future in air travel. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an eco-friendly ride through the skies!
Let’s start with the elephant in the room – the carbon emissions of airplanes. According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, aviation accounted for roughly 2.4% of global CO2 emissions in 2018. With air travel becoming more affordable and accessible, this figure is expected to grow if no action is taken.
The biggest challenge is in reducing the carbon footprint of airplanes is the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Kerosene is the primary fuel used in aviation and it releases a considerable amount of CO2 when burned. Having said that, the challenge lies in finding viable alternatives that can match the energy density and reliability of traditional fuels.
Hey there, fellow speed enthusiasts and eco-warriors! Do you ever dream of driving a sleek, high-performance sports car that’s as green as it is fast? Well, buckle up, because today we’re going on a wild ride to explore the possibility of a solar-powered Porsche Taycan. We’ll delve into the infrastructure needed, the practicality and feasibility of such a concept, the challenges we might face, and the overall problems we need to tackle to make this dream a reality. So, let’s put the pedal to the metal and get this show on the road!
“Electric cars are not going to take over the world tomorrow or the day after, but that’s simply because they are not yet as good as gasoline-powered cars. The key for electric cars is that they have to be more convenient and less expensive to operate than gasoline cars.”
Known for its resourcefulness and thriftiness, India is home to many diverse cultures and traditions. Because of its limited resources and growing population, the country has long recognized how important it is to conserve resources and promote sustainable practices. For centuries, India has practiced circular economy principles in various ways. It’s not a new concept in India. For instance, in India, repurposing kitchen waste is a common practice. For centuries, it has been practiced in different forms. Organic fertilizer for agriculture is made from this waste, and it’s turned into compost.
Using a circular economy minimizes waste, optimizes resource use, and promotes sustainability. Circular economies are different from linear economies, in which raw materials are extracted, processed, used, and then thrown away as waste. In general, the circular economy emphasizes repairing, refurbishing, and recycling materials so they can be reused for as long as possible. Three key principles of the circular economy: reducing waste and pollution, preserving products and materials for a long time, and regenerating nature.
India’s big step towards tackling the climate crisis by committing to the Paris Agreement is not shadowed on the international forums. Our country has made several ambitious targets to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its use of clean energy. But, as a developing country, we need support from the developed nations to achieve these targets. And, let me tell you, we are making progress, but still, there are areas where more efforts are needed. We need to speed up our efforts to fulfill our commitments and make this planet a better place for future generations.
India’s commitment towards Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Let me tell you something, India’s aspiration and promising attitude to show the world in the fight against climate change has already caught the limelight in at the event of the Article 6 of Paris Agreement. To strengthen cooperation and support for global action, India has committed to the following initiatives:
175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022
Energy equivalent to 20% of the total energy consumption by 2020
30% of electric vehicles on the road by 2030
Reduce the emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35% by 2030 from 2005 level
Create a carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030
Process 100% of municipal solid waste by 2023
Increase carbon sequestration in agriculture and allied sectors by 2.5 to 3 GtCO2e by 2030
Article 6 of the Paris Agreement pertains to the cooperation between Parties in the implementation of the Agreement. It includes provisions for the use of internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs) towards achieving nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and the creation of a mechanism to contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable development. It also establishes a framework for cooperation on, and facilitation of, capacity-building, and transparency of action and support. This Article is one of the key mechanisms to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Countries with potential to help fellow countries as per Article 6 of the Paris agreement
The Paris Agreement, a historic pact signed by nearly 200 countries, emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in tackling this global crisis. Under Article 6, countries are urged to collaborate and support each other in reaching their climate targets.
In the below context, I am trying to drill down the nations that hold the potential to be instrumental in helping other countries reduce their carbon footprint and create a greener tomorrow. Whether through investments in sustainable energy sources, the development and export of low-carbon technologies, or the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels, these nations are poised to make a significant impact in our fight against climate change.
Electricity powers our daily lives and drives economic growth, so it’s no surprise that some countries consume more electricity than others. According to recent data, the top 10 countries with the highest total electricity consumption are China, the United States, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. These countries have high demand for electricity due to factors such as large populations, industrialization, and economic development.
It has been an interesting exercise to mathematically assume how much surface area would be required to install solar panels in these countries to meet their electricity needs. However, please do understand that this article is purely an interesting hypothesis and not a concrete recommendation in any sense. It’s just a mere area-based assumption to see how much land we might need to electrify a country or this entire world.
China, the United States, and India are the largest consumers of electricity globally, with China alone accounting for almost 20% of total global electricity consumption. Russia, Japan, and Germany also have large and developed economies, which contribute to their high levels of electricity consumption. South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Canada also consume relatively large amounts of electricity due to their populations, industrial bases, and economic development. I assume that you possess the basic understanding that electricity consumption doesn’t necessarily reflect a country’s prosperity or well-being, but it is a significant indicator of economic and industrial activity.
Top 10 countries with the highest total electricity consumption (2019):
China – 9,596 billion kWh
United States – 4,178 billion kWh
India – 3,599 billion kWh
Russia – 1,295 billion kWh
Japan – 1,196 billion kWh
Germany – 647 billion kWh
South Korea – 593 billion kWh
Iran – 423 billion kWh
Saudi Arabia – 358 billion kWh
Canada – 347 billion kWh
Again, I am referring my last quote before banging on the complete article is that the ranking of countries by electricity consumption may change depending on the data source and time frame being considered for these assumptions. It is also important to remember that a country’s electricity consumption does not necessarily reflect its level of development or well-being.”.