Today, we have no choice but to put the world on a quick pace to lower carbon emissions within the next decade. Energy efficiency is a key component in the transition to a post carbon economy. The broad range of technologies available today including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hybrid are becoming more cost competitive and have an impact on the de-carbonization of our energy supply and overall sustainability.

Another component required for sustainability is the development of new and more efficient technologies in the area of transportation. Better structural building designs and lower energy lighting and appliances will have a major impact on the world’s oil consumption. Plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicle designs as well as the next generation of bio-fuels will play major roles in our quest for a sustainable future. A concerted effort must be undertaken to save and expand the world’s forests. New trees can reverse the trend and create new opportunities to remove carbon from the earth’s atmosphere. Forests act as a lung for our universe; inhaling carbon dioxide, and exhaling oxygen. Deforestation has caused a massive loss in our forests over the past decade.

Lastly, we must create a new culture in how we utilize all our resources to drive down energy consumption and minimize green house gases. Large industries can make major changes in the packaging and distribution of consumables that involve no inconveniences to the customer but will have a significant impact on emissions.