Over the years, the concept of sustainable development has suffered a deluge of descriptions, washing away any true understanding of what it actually means. This, in turn, has damaged the credibility of sustainable development and significantly diluted its impact.
On the face of it, the definition of sustainability is obvious. In relation to green issues, it means: “Capable of being continued with a minimal long-term impact on the environment.”
But this description doesn’t go nearly far enough in offering an effective way forward on climate change. That’s why, in 1987, a definitive description of sustainable development was hammered out by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. The Brundtland Commission report, which resulted from a crucial meeting of this organisation, came up with this:
“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
This clear-cut statement clearly implies that sustainability must be based on resources that will remain unexhausted over a sensible term and not generate unacceptable levels of pollution. In other words, if the solution to the problem of climate change is sustainability, then the solution must itself be sustainable.
One way to ensure this is to maintain a laser-like focus on energy efficiency because cutting energy consumption is one way to limit the production of harmful greenhouse emissions such as carbon dioxide.
At ECEX, we are playing our part in the war on excessive energy usage with our ECEX Air Intake Screens – long lasting, weather resistant filters designed specifically for high velocity airflow applications such as chillers, dry air coolers, air handling units, cooling towers and air conditioning units.
These screens extend filter life by up to 60%, ensure maximum efficiency of internal filters and prevent efficiency drops caused by clogging.
Studies have shown that effective maintenance can reduce HVAC energy costs by 5 to 40%, depending on the system. ECEX Air Intake Screens can reduce maintenance by up to 75%, leading to significant energy savings. For example, a project we completed at a London University has reduced AHU energy consumption by 7%.
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