At this point, it is quite well known that the world’s reliance on fossil fuel must come to an end if the disastrous consequences of continued and unchecked climate change are to be avoided. Renewable energy experts such as Marlon Kobacker along with so many others have advocated for a pragmatic approach that nonetheless encourages a rapid reduction in the reliance on fossil fuels in meeting global energy demands. In order to successfully encourage such widespread change, sustainability experts have proposed and outlined a strategy in which capital costs are minimized and the simplest challenges are addressed first.
Tackling the simplest and most easily addressed issues first helps make it possible to set an aggressive timeline while still allowing for a period of adjustment in terms of implementation, utilization and accessibility. This is already taking place in many industries, but there is still much that needs to be accomplished in order to ensure the adoption of inherently necessary large-scale changes. As Marlon Kobacker and many other sustainability advisory experts have indicated, infrastructure changes are still needed in order to eliminate any impracticality that may influence consumer decision-making.
Automobiles are an excellent example underscoring how the limitations of existing infrastructure influence the behavior of consumers. Most consumers are aware of the fact that transportation is a major component of total energy consumption, and it is clear that many consumers wish to reduce this level of consumption in any way possible. Without an improved infrastructure in which electric cars and other alternative fuel-source automobiles can be utilized on a widespread basis, consumers will continue to make choices they may personally dislike simply because they lack easy access to a charging station.
Obviously, this accessibility has improved by a significant degree in recent years, but the infrastructure is still lacking when compared to that of traditional gas stations. Despite the continued popularity of luxury sport-utility vehicles and other vanity automobiles, most consumers value practicality above all else when selecting a vehicle. If the environmentally responsible option is viewed as impractical due to nothing more than the lack of infrastructure, it should be evident that major changes need to be made so that consumers make decisions that contribute to the goal of reduced carbon emissions.
It’s not just the transportation industry that must be addressed, however, as massive energy consumption occurs within a number of industries and, obviously, throughout homes all over the world. Through the use of legislation, investments, building codes and incentives, changes benefiting the environment can be efficiently implemented so that the transition to renewable energy is as smooth as possible.
The agricultural industry, for example, can adopt energy-conscious farming practices that ensure soil quality is not depleted, while building codes can encourage the construction industry to utilize sustainable building practices that result in net-zero energy performance. For homeowners, new incentives for switching to solar energy and wind power can be offered while existing incentives are strengthened, with all of these practices contributing to sweeping changes occurring on a massive scale in relatively short order.