Este é o número da lição 44, e o tópico de hoje é a pegada de carbono e o setor de tecnologia da Índia.
Então, confira este título, que foi publicado na página do Financial Times em junho 12, 2022, e veja o quanto você entende:
The headline reads:
Let’s break this headline down to see what it means, e veja qual vocabulário pode ser útil para você usar.
The first word is ‘tech’. Tech is short for ‘technology’. ‘Tech’ is absolutely acceptable as a replacement term. It’s faster and easier to say than ‘technology’. Tech.
Next, the phrasal verb ‘switch on’. ‘Switch on’ doesn’t mean to ‘switch’ (that is to exchange one thing for something else). No. ‘Switch on’ means to energize. Por exemplo, you ‘switch on’ the lights in your home. E claro, if you ‘switch on’, you can also ‘switch off’. ‘Switch on / Switch off’.
Então, what is going on here. Nesse caso, the tech sector is ‘switching on’ renewable electricity. Então, in other words, the tech sector is using renewable electricity to power their companies.
And ‘renewable electricity’? Nós iremos, renewable electricity is usually understood to be electricity generated by solar energy, wind energy, biofuel, or hydro energy. This is relatively clean energy compared to dirty non-renewable electricity generated by heavy polluters like coal and gas.
And what does ‘IT’ mean? IT stands for Information Technology. Então, the really big IT companies, the giants, are finding ways to reduce their so-called ‘carbon footprint’, in other words, they are reducing the amount of fossil fuels they rely on to power their companies. Reduce the non-renewable electricity, you reduce the carbon footprint. That’s the goal.
Então, listen again:
India’s tech sector switches on to renewable electricity
The country’s IT giants are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint
I encourage you to read the article. It is pretty interesting because it describes a new challenge faced by tech companies that are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. You see, on one hand, these IT companies have been successful at reducing their dependence on non-renewable coal generated electricity that powers their corporate offices and installations, but on the other hand, they are now faced with a new problem. How do they measure and reduce the use of non-renewable electricity now being used by all of their workers that now operate out of home offices. That’s a really good question!