Green Technology: A dorsal view
Shameek Ganguly, IIT Guwahati
‘Going green…’ read a popular advertisement hoarding of a popular electronic goods brand.
It had a beautifully signifying logo assigned for its visual resemblance as well. But what it lacked to
mention was its motto for going green. Its a familiar situation for us today with the world around us
suddenly arising from the deepest chasms of sins against our planet into the heavens of sanctity by
‘GOING GREEN’. However, what of the street-side man who runs a small-scale industry that processes
lets say, waste paper, and lets off a variety of chemical affluents? Is it the lack of intention to save our
environment that leads him to mindless polluting? Perhaps… but not so in most cases out of the tens of
millions of such small scale industries which are involved in similar practices. The missing link
between these seemingly double-faced coin situation is the resources that currently go into bringing
about this so called global eco-technology drive. Apart from the obvious lack of financial strength for
this reformed ‘morality’, most people lack or misjudge the very purpose of it. Bluntly put, even an
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MNC status manufacturer may opt for going green simply for the charm that its adds to its popularity.
The major problem in the concept lies in the definition of the term ‘eco-technology’ itself. A
hierarchical order may be established in its many possible interpretations based on the cross-section of
the society it obviously subjects to. While the creamy layer of cell-constrained researchers may be
burning gallons of mid-night oil to improve the efficiency of silicon-based solar panels by a few
percents or trying to develop a nano-technology based fuel-cell to use water as fuel to drive cars,
manufacturers and construction companies around the world are busy trying to reduce pollutants let off
by their products or improve energy efficiency of their devices. However it is the cost of the developed
technology that causes it to be at a height quite often unattainable by the common man. At a later level
comes the alleviation of immediate threats such as global warming and energy crisis. These are issues
pertaining to each and every individual and a major headache for our governments. It forms the crux of
the necessity to embrace green technologies and remarkably divides the need of the hour from the
glamorous weight that the term carries. Initiating at the very grass-root levels, it is gradually being
treated right at the door-steps of power and oil companies themselves whom people once blamed for
curbing such developments from getting into the market. However, there also exists a third dimension
to the term which broadly ranges over eco-preservation. From the need to be aware of our precious
flora and fauna to the need to reduce, recycle and reuse, it primarily pertains to the awareness levels of
people. Thus it is clearly visible that unless one sheds adequate light on the purview of the term, it is
misleading to assume that eco-technology is the need of the hour for every man and woman.
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Any product has an audience it specifically aims to attract, but the need to start conserving
energy and resources and develop smart solutions to tackle the major ecological concerns globally must
be directly aimed at each living being on our precious planet. But the sheen of this statement is easily
lost given the financial flywheel required to drive it and the awareness and afford-ability levels of the
common man. A Honda Civic running on bio-fuel may be the most practical solution presently to the
growing concern over the polluting emissions and fossil fuel consumption of the automobile industry.
However it stands no chance against a car like Tata Nano in the market thanks to reasons that need no
mention. Similarly, though we presently look straight towards non-renewable resources as our sure
energy alternative, they are just as far away from us as a hyperbola from its asymptotes. The technical
reason behind this is the low energy density of these sources and the low efficiency achieved in
captivating these little amounts of available energy as well. Similar constraints apply to the small-scale