These days sustainability is urgent and personal – for all of us. Popular sites like Shamelpane even tell us exactly how much arctic ice we melt each and every time we fly.
Sustainability is multifaceted too. The UN has set 17 different sustainable development goals (SDGs) and it is easy to get tangled up in them. Some goals have to do with human rights and living conditions, while others deal with social conditions. Some are more concrete and related to economic issues, infrastructure, production resources and the environment. The climate goals are probably the main concern in the minds of the public.
Almost everyone can understand the figures that are telling us the planet is getting gradually hotter and that atmospheric carbon dioxide is rising. But there are still people who deny any connection between the two. Others accept the connection but deny that fossil fuels are the source of the CO2.
What makes the climate issue so tangible compared to many other SDGs is that we can fairly easily measure how much CO2 we are emitting. The principle is simple:
Gasoline contains about 0.65 kg of carbon atoms per liter. When gasoline is combusted, CO2 is formed that consists of 0.65 kg carbon and 1.74 kg of oxygen – so, a total of 2.3 kg of CO2 per liter of gasoline. If we know how much gasoline a car uses per mile, then we know how much CO2 it emits per mile. A modern gasoline-powered car emits 2–3 metric tons of CO2 per year, depending on the model and annual mileage.
An equivalent calculation can be made for flights, when the figure is divided by the number of passengers on the plane. A round-trip flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles and back emits more than 2 metric tons per passenger.*
The main aim of XMReality Remote Guidance is to solve problems without having to travel.
What needs to be transported is the expertise and not necessarily the hands that will do the job. Instead, we make it possible to send instructions over the internet so that people who are already on site can solve technical problems. XMReality software supports essentially all forms of human communication. People can talk, display, gesticulate, demonstrate, draw, write, point, show pictures and drawings. And they can do it all without touching whatever it is they are helping to troubleshoot, repair, assemble, calibrate, etc.
XMReality aspires to make a significant contribution to the global transition to a sustainable society by delivering software that replaces a great deal of travel. The day that industry truly becomes used to working at full speed with Remote Guidance, we will see tangible sustainability benefits. Setting up factories in developing countries is always a challenge when relevant expertise is not locally available. XMReality believe that Remote Guidance will make it that much easier to start local production and to create jobs where they are most needed.