Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

While the initial investment in infrastructure and technology for renewables may be high, the long-term benefits to our environment and well-being far outweigh these costs.

Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual, every day. It is about changing our behaviour and mindset to reduce power and water consumption, thereby helping to control emissions and pollution levels. This is why the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is so important. It is a vital platform for international dialogue and cooperation and an opportunity for real progress in tackling pressing issues in energy, water and the environment.

Often sustainability is discussed only in the context of energy. Energy sustainability is essential — but the word has a much broader meaning. It means long-term thinking about how we manage our businesses, invest in social spending and plan for the future. This requires vision and leadership, and it requires citizen engagement.

It is clear that we cannot continue to consume our planet’s resources at the current rate. The fact is that energy demand is growing three times as fast as the world’s population. If it continues to grow at this pace, demand by 2030 will be two thirds higher than what it is today. — Full Story at GulfNews.com

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