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World Environmental Day highlights need for sustainable development

June 7, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Print Print Email Email

This Sunday is UN World Environmental Day, which is a global platform designed to raise awareness about the need to protect and preserve the environment. The search for alternative energy sources is high on the agenda for many decision makers, with discussions heating up around fracking in Yorkshire for shale gas and the fluctuation of oil prices. Energy is an integral component within our daily lives, but the pitfalls which come with these commodities should not be overlooked.

Clean tech innovations are paving the way for strong economic growth which have much lower environmental impact. The myths of smart cities and clean technologies are rapidly turning into reality, creating a world which functions on resources which do not harm the environment and enable business development. Businesses are beginning to grow more environmentally conscious and aware of their global footprint on the environment, whether it’s through CSR or the development of cleaner technologies.

Marco A. Attisani, CEO & Founder of Watly, comments: “Business leaders need to recognise the potential of integrating sustainable actions into their business models. Watly is self-sufficient and functions on the energy it creates. Water, solar energy and internet connectivity work together to provide a valuable resource for communities which lack the infrastructure.”

Watly’s thermodynamic computer uses solar energy to sanitise over 5,000 litres of water per day, providing internet connectivity alongside clean water and electricity to the world’s most vulnerable communities. Watly are currently in the process of developing their Watly 3.0 following their successful trial of a smaller machine, Watly 2.0, in Abenta Village, Ghana. During its lifespan of 15 years, one Watly can reduce as much as 1,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to 2,500 barrels of oil.

Marco continues: “We embrace the philosophy of connecting business ambitions with a sustainable core by harnessing solar energy which as a source does not have damaging consequence to the environment. With the volatility of oil prices and discussions over fracking, there is an opportunity which business leaders should not overlook, which is renewable energy, a bountiful resource which does not come at a price to obtain.”

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