What is our future? And how can we affect it?

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What is our future? And how can we affect it?. Bruce R. Peachey, P.Eng., MCIC President, New Paradigm Engineering Ltd. October, 2000. Choices on the Road to London. What is our role going to be? What is our target? What are our indicators? What would constitute success in meeting London? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>What is our future? And how can we affect it?Bruce R. Peachey, P.Eng., MCICPresident, New Paradigm Engineering Ltd.October, 2000</p></li><li><p>Choices on the Road to LondonWhat is our role going to be?What is our target?What are our indicators?What would constitute success in meeting London?Is everyone on the same page?How do we match our actions to our words?</p></li><li><p>What Role? Pundits or RealistsPunditsDont confuse public with complexity, keep it simple - sound bitesDont blame the public, corporations/govts are easier targetsRally against a common enemyFossil Fuels Industry Source of all evil. Anything else is better.RealistsUnderstanding is in the detailsMost issues stem from consumer/waster mentalityWe are all the enemy, need to adjust our behaviourConspicuous consumption Source of the problem. All things in moderation can be sustainable.</p></li><li><p>What is Our Target? Reactive or ProactiveProcesses and ProductsBased on assumption that industry is the problemMinimize the impacts of consumer decisionsDevelop products people need instead of what they wantFocus on industrial waste not consumer wasteKnowledge and UnderstandingBased on assumption that society is the problemConsumers make decisions that minimize impactsPeople want what they really needFocus on consumer waste, industrial waste follows</p></li><li><p>What are our Indicators?How do we measure innovation, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, use of resources, waste and environmental impactSustainableBalance of economics, environment and security for the futureConcensus that status quo is not sustainable so change must happen. Proactively or reactivelyRenewableSecure supply, by definition? Dilute sources so costly and widespread collection systemIncreased diversion of an existing resource to humans from other organismsGreen Environmentally friendlyNo human impacts on the environmentCant support current human population</p></li><li><p>Social Indicator = Conspicuous ConsumptionConspicuous Consumption Wastes ResourcesPerrier Water at $3/l (mostly energy cost to transport glass and water) vs. &gt;$0.03/l from the tapOnly eating perfect tomatoes (Esthetics vs. Nutrition)New vs. Used (Social Life vs. Design Life)Buy vs. Rent or Lease (Status Symbol vs. Utility)Social Issues require education and new role models.</p></li><li><p>Toxicity Indicator = CostWhy High Tech materials are expensive:Large resource input (energy, people)High purity requires high processing costPure water vs. Clean WaterScarce components = large volumes of rejectSpecialized processing (acids, heavy metals, solvents)All lead to more emissions of toxic or potentially toxic materials High cost means high emissions somewhere</p></li><li><p>Economic Indicator = Positive EconomicsEconomics are a realityEnvironmentalists and engineers need to get paidEthical funds and stocks have to show a returnFinancial results are societys scorecardBest environmental projects make $ for someoneBest economicprojects minimize environmental impactsMore profitable = Quicker and more widespread implementation</p></li><li><p>What would Success Look Like?Public has everything it wants Public has its cake with no regretsProblems hidden from the public or taken care of for themZero emissions from industry, only public allowed to emitPublic has everything it needsEveryone has breadPublic understands impacts of its decisionsPublic accountable for all its emissions</p></li><li><p>Is Everyone on the Same Page?Everyone does the same thing at the same timeMaintain status quo of haves and have notsNobody wants to lose something they have nowLeading wasters should take the lead to set the new standardNeed to work to a common status for everyoneEverybody wants opportunity for next generationsEveryone aspiring to a sustainable goal</p></li><li><p>Steps to Sustainability#1 Reduce Become a conserver societyReduce waste of energy, water, land, and airLeads to secure future supplyMinimum Environmental impactsIncreases quality of life = wealth#2 Reuse Plan for future useIntegrate processes to conserveBut dont violate #1#3 Recycle Very little is really consumedMass balance most materials undergo little change with useDont let a little dirt stop you.</p></li><li><p>Match actions to WordsBelieve that it Can be DoneIf we dont believe sustainability is achievable and desirable we wont be able to convince others.Education of Public and MediaAlways a challenge but never to late to start as it will never be completeEducation of LegislatorsProvide them with input on potential implications.Set model ourselvesGet involved at the community level to encourage sustainability</p></li><li><p>Summary of Our ChoicesWe have committed, through London Accord to take on some responsibility.We have the ability to choose our responseWe should make the choices proactively as organizations of Chemical Engineers nationally, and as individual Chemical Engineers locally.</p><p>There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Ghandi</p></li><li><p>Contact InformationAdvanced Technology Centre9650-20 Avenue Edmonton, AlbertaCanada T6N 1G1</p><p>tel: 780.450.3613fax: 780.462.7297email: info@newparadigm.ab.caweb: www.newparadigm.ab.ca</p></li></ul>

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