In recent years, drones have been used in a wide variety of manners; not only for recreational use, but across the fields of surveying, construction, commerce, science and research. As new technology often does, drones have changed the way people work in these fields by providing many positive improvements on the way certain jobs can be done. One of the many upsides of drone technology is how much more environmentally friendly they can make certain jobs, and how their use has an overall positive impact on the environment. In our last post, we looked at the use of drones in the construction industry, but the effect of drones on the environment isn’t limited to only this sector. Most drones are powered by electricity or solar power, and as such have a much smaller carbon footprint than more traditional alternatives. Let’s look further at a few different ways drones are improving the overall carbon footprint on the environment across a variety of sectors.
How are drones improving the carbon footprint on the planet?
Humanity’s carbon footprint and it’s adverse effect on the planet is a multi-faceted discussion which is not easily covered in one post. We wanted to highlight some general ways in which drone technology is helping to improve the carbon footprint on the planet. As you can see in this graphic from the RICS, carbon emissions are estimated to be at an all-time high, and we should work collectively to improve this as many ways as possible.
1) In the construction industry.
On construction sites, drones are primarily used for quick and easy surveys, surveying hard to reach areas, and for transporting small items. This means construction sites have the ability to remove the need for or use less scaffolding, cherry pickers, and delivery trucks. All of this means there is far less equipment used to set up and maintain a building site, as well as no gas emissions from trucks that may otherwise be used onsite.
2) Use for ecological surveys.
When scientists are trying to make the most of their ecological surveys and need to measure animal populations, drones are now making huge improvements to effectiveness of their studies and evidence gathering. Drone technology enables them to complete more in-depth and accurate aerial surveys so that they can always keep animal welfare at the front of their minds. This also means less equipment and therefore emissions used to reach harder to access areas, as drones have a far greater ability to do this.
3) In the agriculture industry.
Drone use in the agriculture industry has increased recently. They’re being used in this sector in a huge variety of ways such as monitoring livestock, providing details on crop health, spraying plants and in some cases even creating 3D images for future upgrades. With factory farming having a negative impact on the environment, it makes a positive difference to use drones in as many ways as possible in the agriculture industry to reduce emissions from some of the huge carbon emitting machines traditionally used on farms.
4) For renewable energy inspections.
Renewable energy is the way of the future, and drones are a main helping factor in the running of renewable energy projects the world round. From surveying sites to land mapping, drones provide key information for those setting up renewable energy sites. Surveying solar panels is a costly and time consuming job in the traditional manner as well, but with drones and thermal mapping they quickly become much easier to survey and maintain. The initial setup and maintenance of these sites has a major positive impact on the environmental health of the planet, and drones play a large part in this.
Drones help improve our carbon footprint
In short, the effect that drones have on the environment are important to pay attention to. We need to do everything within our power to improve our impact on the environment, and drones can help improve superfluous carbon-emissions within many industries.
Here at HeliDrone Surveys, we specialise in aerial photography and videos for surveyors. Get in touch with us to see how we can improve your project’s carbon footprint with our drone technology.