The world’s population is expected to increase to nearly nine billion by 2050, an increase of approximately 47 percent since 2000. As the population increases, the demand for energy increases. Nearly 20 percent of the world's current population has no access to electricity. We are facing increasing carbon emissions yet billions have no access to modern fuels, relying on wood, dung, coal or charcoal for cooking and energy. The global demand for energy creates an even greater need for innovative clean energy solutions.
Lockheed Martin is focused on increasing productivity and efficiency while simultaneously reducing our own environmental footprint and improving our sustainability. In 2012, more than 30 percent of the electricity we consumed was generated by renewable sources. We have significantly reduced water usage, waste to landfill and carbon emissions. But we can and need to do more. We believe we are in the cause together, to seek out new and innovative ways to create reliable and sustainable clean energy.
Imagine capturing abundant clean energy from the depths of the ocean, from tidal and ocean waves and from everyday trash. What if we could better manage currently produced energy through smart grids and systems? These are all viable options if we continue to partner with some of the brightest minds, organizations and universities around the world to contribute to a more sustainable future, transforming the way we perceive and use energy.