Focus: Save Energy In Our Daily Life , Understanding Renewable Energy
 

Focus: Save Energy In Our Daily Life , Understanding Renewable Energy -- By Teng Kok Liang

Robert Bosch (M) Sdn Bhd aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emission by about 460 tonnes per year with the installation of the country's largest photovoltaic (solar energy) system at its Bayan Lepas plant (courtesy of The Star).

The vehicles that we use and all the household appliances that provide us with safety, comfort and convenience in our daily life consumes energy.

In modern day living, fuel and electricity are basic energy that we cannot live without. To obtain and develope these energy has become an important industry in our society today.

However, we need to understand that in the process of obtaining and developing this energy, there are negative impacts to our environment. To reduce these risks, modern technology and safer methods should be employed to minimize such impacts while meeting our basic needs.

Renewable energy plays a very important part in sustainable development and environmental protection. Renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, biomass and geothermal energy. Ocean energy and hydropower could meet nearly 80 per cent of the world's energy supplies by 2050 if governments pursue policies that harness their potential, according to a report endorsed by the United Nations.

"Rio+20" is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.

If you find 20% of the world population still denied from using electric power; 3 billion people still depending on timber, coal or charcoal as their source of energy; the supply, process, delivery and consuming of this energy will contribute to 60% of global warming, change of weather and hazard to our environment. It is time for serious thought on how to save our world!

Of course we do not expect you to be superman, but saving energy is what everyone can do. Starting from our home electrical appliances, we can select products with energy saving standard. The EU Label, (www.energy.eu) provides indications on the grade of energy efficiency into seven grades from A to G, with A the highest efficiency and G the lowest. This helps the consumers to make their best choice.

Try to use public transport or ride a bicycle if you are not in a busy schedule, this will help reduce the use of petroleum and is also good for your health. If financially permitted, use a Hybrid electric vehicle to reduce carbon monoxide.

Of course, we cannot blindly rely on unsolicited power supply, now Malaysia launched the electricity acquisition system (Feed-in Tariff / FIT), this is to encourage people to use a clean, environmentally friendly, zero emissions, renewable energy, bio-energy, solar, mini-hydro, biogas power to provide the energy they need, and the remaining energy can also be sold to the power company.

Energy saving should start from you and me in our daily life. We can make our environment better and protect her from further treats and abuses. We must gradually rehabilitate and restore the natural environment for our next generation.

For more details, please visit:

www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/ 
SEDA Malaysia:www.seda.gov.my/

Or contact Penang Green Expo 2012 exhibitor Hong Yang Global Enterprise dan G-Solar: 04-3315192