The students of Naparima College check out the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs' Toyota Prius.
Photo credit : MyEnergyTT fb page
I was thinking back to my post on the Tamana Intech Park and how they say it utilises green technologies. That spawned this blog post. First of all I had to find a good definition of green technology. According to a dictionary definition, green technology is "technology whose use is intended to mitigate or reverse the effects of human activity on the environment." Did you participate in Earth Hour? What other things have you done to help the environment? I want to highlight some green technologies that I think Trinidad could benefit from.
- I think sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest difference. Do you turn off your PC at night? What else do you turn off when not is use? New devices tend to be more energy efficient. Maybe it's time to upgrade that old laptop. *stares at my DELL laptop*
- The Ministry of Energy has been running ads about incandescent bulbs and how they save energy. This is a change I made a long time ago.
- The waste water treatment plant is a big project upcoming in Trinidad. It will recycle water for industrial use.
- Electric or hybrid cars, this is something I am not seeing enough of in Trinidad. There has always been a talk to push CNG in vehicles but this has never taken off.
- The solar energy complex is another big project upcoming in Trinidad. We have an abundance of sunshine that we could tap into.
- More and more companies are getting into proper e-Waste disposal and recycling.
- There are companies in Trinidad that are producing bio diesel.
- There are companies in Trinidad that are getting into the green tech space like Green 3 Systems - sustainable building systems.
- The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) in Trinidad offers funding (up to USD 50,000) for registered Community Based Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations to carry out environmentally based projects.
- The Green Fund is a government facility available to those focusing on remediation, reforestation or conservation of the environment.
Some futuristic green tech that I have read about are artificial photosynthesis, carbon capture, biomimicry and rainwater harvesting. Check out how Google is incorporating green tech in it's operations. The Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council wrote a nice blog post about "Green Building Technology in Trinidad and Tobago." I hope I have said enough to stir up some discussion. Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below.