Probably, inadequate toolbox talk before starting the science experiment! Be alert and aware of your surrounding environment. At the same time, focus on the task in hand, no matter where you are.
One of the core challenges of 21st century business leaders is to build an innovative and profitable business model while retaining sustainability as its driving strategy. Not many have pursued the vision and very few have succeeded.
Tesla, Inc. has been one such company which stood out in the crowd. Tesla is an American electric vehicle, energy storage and solar panel manufacturing company which considers sustainability as its key business strategy. In a very short span of time, the company is now eying to compete with the global market giants such as General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and BMW.
At the turn of this century, when the top automaker companies were busy to increase energy efficiency, reduce environmental footprints and comply with pollution control regulations, Tesla, not happy with the “minimalistic” approach, decided to move beyond and focus on creating higher value for its customers, stakeholders and the global society as a whole.
With a mission “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”, Tesla’s innovative and competitive business strategy consists of two major approaches namely, transitioning to a carbon neutral economy and developing a sustainable transportation industry based on zero emissions. This shows the company’s perception of societal need and demand as well as its visionary sustainable business model conceived nearly two decades ago.
Regarding noise pollution, Sound Quality National Standard 2012 is the only benchmark set by the Government of Nepal.
Moreover, Nepal does not have any specific regulation, robust implemented/enforced rules or long term concrete plans to control noise pollution in various urban cities. This is 2021 and it is sad to know that the reality on the ground is still a far cry from the national standards; except during the Covid-19 lockdown hours, of course.
L10 is the sound level in dB that is exceeded 10% of the time over measurement period.
L50 is the sound level in dB that is exceeded 50% of the time over measurement period.
L90 is the sound level in dB that is exceeded 90% of the time over measurement period.
Leq is the average equivalent continuous sound level over a particular time period (T)
Lmax is the maximum sound level measured during the measurement period with the sound
meter set on SLOW response.
Lmin is the minimum sound level measured during the measurement period with the sound meter set on SLOW response.
Noise pollution has been ignored in Nepal for a long time now and the situation is even worse in big cities like Kathmandu.
(Source: Noise Level Status in Siddharthanagar Municipality, Rupandehi, Nepal, Lakshmi Nath Bhattarai)