Advances in technology have been one of the major causes of the significant impact that we have had on the resources and natural balance of the planet, specifically the energy that we use (think planes, trains, cars, air-conditioning and so on).
However, with the greater focus on preserving our natural resources and finding ways to live and work that cause less long term impact to the planet, significant work is being done to drive new technologies to help. For example, those running our cities use electronic data to manage resources and assets within those cities (looking at traffic jams, emissions, heat reduction and people movement). Electric cars are becoming more efficient and versatile and governments have set targets to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars.
On 19June the Norwegian government took a further step forward in the drive to implement new technologies by trialling their first electric plane, with the aim of commencing commercial electric powered flights by 2025 and having all internal flights powered electrically by 2040. Whilst small scale at the moment (the plane was a 2 seater – but with a 19 seater in the pipeline) it is one further element in the Norwegian plan to move to smarter, cleaner greener modes of transport. It follows the change to electric powered ferries (quieter, greener and faster than those running on fossil fuel) and the ambitious target of all new cars being electric by 2025 (as opposed to 2040, the current UK government target). With 98% of Norway’s electricity being generated by clean hydro power, could this be the start of a something big?