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 are change the way people work in these fields. Providing many positive improvements on the way certain jobs can do. 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.
Humanity’s carbon footprint and it’s adverse effect on the planet is a multi-faceted discussion which is not easily cover in one post. We want 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. We should work collectively to improve this as many ways as possible.
On construction sites, drones are primarily use 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 use to set up and maintain a building site. As well as no gas emissions from trucks that may otherwise use onsite.
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 use to reach harder to access areas. As drones have a far greater ability to do this.
Drone use in the agriculture industry is increas recently. They’re use 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 use on farms.
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.
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.
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