First & foremost, apologies to ardent readers & followers for my month long hiatus. Reasons being; there not being anything new or mention worthy on this tiny yet quickly densely populated island, and I didn’t want to bore you with repeated issues that have yet to be remedied by the powers-that-be.
Here’s something rather interesting that caught my attention this morning, it appears the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is targeting to certify another 100 Eco-friendly offices, an initiative well received by many to reduce the carbon-footprint.
While it all seems nice & dandy that complex logistical operations in the likes of the local (former state run) postage operator is attempting to go paperless, as well as to reduce electricity consumption by 10% seems a lauded affair; I ponder & compare the feasibility against other logistical operators such as courier companies.
For if this Eco-Friendly model was indeed proven successful, then surely large scale logistical operators for shipping, aviation and military can quickly adopt & implement this practice.
In every change or initiative to improve, there are trade-offs. Change may essentially be something good at the interim, but not all changes are good for the long-haul, let alone sustainability. And if operation costs increase, someone’s got to pay… no prizes for guessing who’s picking up the tab.
Paperless operation is something that puts people out of job, because digitizing records & archives simply requires a lot less hands on deck. Reducing the use of documents eases the burden on paper registry, also means slightly faster administration (assuming there are not technological hiccups). Notwithstanding the need to engage trusted vendors to maintain & upkeep the systems & servers.
So let’s not kid ourselves, complex network systems require electricity, server towers & grids require sizeable amount of energy, and the air-conditioning and/or cooling systems required to run 24/7 too requires good amount of energy (not sure if the air-conditioning emit greenhouse gases?).
Logistics & delivery will continue to rely heavy on transportation, most if not all have yet to be swapped out to be euro5 or euro6 compliant. Hence, carbon-monoxide & greenhouse gas emission will still be the order of the day.
Poor etiquette leaving engines idling while queuing for loading/ unloading is also another problem that remains to be remedied.
So, if we are serious about reducing carbon-footprints, architecture & infrastructures should be built to rely less on air-conditioning, tap on natural light for as long as there is natural light, employing the use of intelligent lighting solutions in the absence of natural light, cultivating social & environmental responsibilities by means of; reduced fuel/power consumption, reduce waste & pollution, better manage waste disposals etc.
Now, having seen both sides of the coin, would you say its genuine effort to be Eco-friendly, or is it just Status-Quo?