Considering an array of the recent posts that have been mostly dedicated to our upcoming Sustainable Energy webinar and developments in the according sector, a logical follow-up one might ask him-/herself would be something in the spirit of: “Well, that sounds cool. But what does it have to do with me and my enterprise?” To cut a long story short, a lot. That is why we arrived at a conclusion that the only way to reduce the perceived farfetchedness of a topic is to explicitly state which value Sustainable Energy carries especially for you.
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Initially, the fact that our entire narrative revolves mainly around the instance of Shell is not arbitrary and, all the more, doesn’t imply we did not manage to dig any other case. Had we considered it necessary, the switch would certainly come into being. Yet, as you may witness, it never happened since the most striking point about an appeal issued against Shell by The Hague District Court is its position as the first-ever judicial measure forcing a private company to reduce its carbon footprint. Now, in case you still can’t identify how this could be hypothetically related to you, let me ask you something: what happens even to the furthest domino in a falling row? Right, it still crumbles down, although the first one to fall always seems to be going through some exceptional circumstances, unable to have a cumulative effect. However, as the practice (and mechanical effect) shows, it only takes one event to set off a chain of similar ones, so the truth is: at some point, all the companies will face a challenge similar to the one imposed on Shell. Hence, the real question to ask yourself is whether you’d rather pick the subtle signs of an approaching storm and prepare in advance or follow the mob mentality, trying to find a shelter years from now when there’s none left.
Another point you might find personally relevant is the tremendous benefit of renewable energy for the economy. As the former provides us with the means for reliable power supplies and fuel diversification, energy security becomes a subject to continuous reinforcement, whilst there is also a lower risk for fuel spills and conservation of the nation’s natural resources. Besides, as the entire renewable energy industry requires more labor input than its fossil fuel counterpart, it allows for a significant rise in job creation. At the same time, green energy - whether it’s geothermal, solar, or hydro - does not involve fuel costs or require transportation, therefore offering great price stability.
On the subject of the environmental consequences, it is notably difficult of a task to find someone who’s blissfully unaware of how the fossil fuels combustion for energy results in the tremendous amount of greenhouse gas emissions, therefore directly contributing to global warming. In this sense, the vast majority of renewable energy sources cause little to no emissions at all, making them an unbeatable alternative in the battle for a greener future - and it is a sole example of a positive ecological effect which, in practice, amount to dozens.