Laying the Foundation for Cleantech
Cleantech is a blanket term used by many to describe technologies related to furthering the sustainability of industry while preserving Earth’s life span. A recent Gigaom interview with a panel of cleantech investors unveiled a unique concept.
A comparison between the internet in it’s early days and cleantech in the sense that, much how the foundation for the internet was laid out by year 2000, the foundation for cleantech has been laid. The road has essentially been paved to allow cleantech to transition from a new technological concept, and into its potential to become an expansive industry – much like the internet.
Cleantech companies are emerging more and more, with innovative ideas, and brilliant advancements, which will not only benefit the planet, but its inhabitants. Now, the question is whether or not cleantech, now that it’s grasped its bearings, will be permitted the opportunity to expand in the same way the internet did. Unfortunately, the comparison with the internet is lackluster in this sense, as the internet did not suffer from massive inhibitions like cleantech does, such as the colossal oil and gas industry.
The foundation has most certainly been laid, however with restrictive paradigms surrounding this regime, there’s no real way to tell whether or not its implementation to society will go over successfully on the scale required to make a quantifiable change in the environmental crisis we are experiencing; the same crisis that has been caused by the very inhibition placed on cleantech expansion. Ironic, isn’t it?
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