SWAUPE Technologies for environment and environmental technologies
With Technology we mean not only machines and equipment, but also the skills, abilities, knowledge, systems and processes necessary to make things happen. Technologies are the end result of total systems ased on and including know-how, procedures, quality assurance, goods and services, as well as organizational and operational measures. Technology Management is, in fact, a structural process of learning. The key components of management can be identified as knowledge derived from real-world experience together with human expertise capable of transforming that knowledge into action. Applied to technology management in a broad sense, this is the application of knowledge from lessons learnt in technology development processes to take action to solve problemsWhen looking at environment and technology, it is important to understand the context within which it has to analyzed. The situation is paradoxical – technology represents both the source of environmental damage that we are facing today, as well as an opportunity to repair this damage, and avoiding it in the future.
Technoloiges for environment and environmental technologies are two different approaches, and is sometimes useful to distinguish between the two. Technology for environment looks at any and all technoloiges and their impact on the environment – in their inputs, throughputs and outputs. They include, for example, cleaner and resource efficient technologies which can decrease material inputs, reduce energy consumption and emissions, recover valuable by-products, etc. Environmental technologies are technologies developed for the specific purpose of addressing an environmental problem. These include, for example, technologies for sewage treatment, water purification, minimise waste disposal problems, processing pollutants, proper handling of toxic/hazardous wastes etc.
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