The current growth that sustainability has been seeing can be used to make predictions about where we are heading in terms of sustainable development, and how it will change the world around us. As we did in the beginning, let’s recreate an image, but this time looking into the future. Instead of just a house, imagine your overall daily life, and how it will be, say 30 years from now. You probably see roads with the majority electric cars, skylikes of carbon neutral, maybe wooden, buildings, and houses with every technology possible, to be carbon neutral, among many other things.
We can use the current state of the cleantech trends, to more accurately predict where we might be headed, in terms of a sustainable world. Interpreting the chart above, we can make a multitude of informed predictions.
Renewable energy will continue to be widely used, and stay at a high percentage, due to the fact that it is a very well known form of clean energy that has been innovated enough for the world to continue using it, possibly forever. Low carbon construction and alternative mobility are sectors that are likely to see the greatest growth in the next few decades. This can be predicted based on the fact that they are sectors that are being heavily researched since people are well aware about the impacts of the constructions and transportation industries on the world. Technological and otherwise, innovation in these fields is thriving, which will continue to lead to an upward trend in these sectors, until the majority of buildings and transportation are more sustainable.
Moreover, it is likely that in order to continue to grow the above sectors (low carbon construction and alternative mobility), carbon capture, use & storage, circular waste management, and green materials will come into play in conjunction with them, leading to a growth in those sectors as well. Employing circular management, using greener materials, and being smarter about carbon all ties in with making more overall sustainable choices, which will have to be done while attempting to grow green constructions sites and innovate alternative transportation options.