We are in the decade of action. By 2030, the SDGs should not just be goals; but rather realities. But if these are to turn into realities, we ought to adopt the right solutions and tools at scale to take a quantum leap and accelerate the green transition.
At LiqTech, we believe that one of the keys to a sustainable future lies in decarbonizing some of the world’s most polluting industries, such as oil and gas, mining, marine, and power plants. Decarbonizing these industries can significantly reduce the discharged amounts of carbon oxide (CO2), sulfur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx), heavy metals, particulate matter (PM), black carbon, and many other unwanted pollutants. Not only do they harm the environment and ecosystems, but they also harm wildlife and human health.
How Technology at Scale is the Lever
Membrane technology represents a unique and innovative separation process. This technology is utilized for industrial water filtration and gas purification. Membranes can remove up to 99% of dissolved solids and unwanted pollutants, which delivers extremely clean water and gasses. The membrane allows pure water or gas to pass, while impurities and unwanted pollutants are rejected.
Once this technology is adopted at scale, rapid progress is achieved. This will deliver significant drops in polluted discharges. And this will, undoubtedly, have positive spillover effects on other areas than mere climate. This will also benefit wildlife and human health. Read 5 ways how industrial water treatment helps to achieve the SDGs.
Still, for this state-of-the-art technology to fulfill its true potential to comply with the SDGs and the global Paris Agreement, it needs to be adopted at scale. This requires all countries and industries to contribute to see a global effort, which can deliver significant, viable, long-term results.
And although the leap to sustainable solutions is backed up by environmental regulations and discharge limits, forcing industries to adopt new solutions, the decision to adopt green tech should be easy. Because, most often, green tech is a profitable solution, delivering unique advantages to your operation. Among some of the many benefits, membrane technology can:
- Lower your waste handling costs
- Lower your energy consumption
- Optimize your work processes through automatization
- Reuse, recycle, and/or up concentrate feed water
Several green-tech applications have a return on investment in less than a couple of years, meaning that you should adopt green tech solutions to reduce your OPEX and fast-track sustainable development. To top it all off, as the climate crisis is a global problem, many countries and institutions collaborate to further research, develop, and innovate, which means that technological advances occur at rapid speed to secure constantly improved green tech solutions.