How can we combine technology with sustainability?
How can organisations address carbon challenges, be profitable and innovative? Sustainability requires transformation and most organisations are just discovering how to consolidate new technologies and policies to drive their development and socio-ecological framework. Technology is shaping sustainability and enabling advanced levels of productivity and efficiency.
We see an increase in new green technology products and efficient pathways that do not compromise ecosystem health. We see an increase in green products that minimise the environmental footprint, corporate policies that encourage employees to engage in sustainable practices, and sustainable product life cycles with less hazardous materials.
In this fourth industrial revolution we live in, cloud computing plays an important role in reducing the carbon footprint. Choosing cloud computing over on-site operations can help reduce carbon emissions. The ability to evolve technology, share resources and eliminate physical assets, in short, reduces the total cost of ownership of IT and enables new solutions for smart grids, buildings, optimised logistics and dematerialisation.
THE “GREEN CLOUD”, “GREEN COMPUTING” OR THE “GREEN DATA CENTRE” ARE COMPELLING CONCEPTS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY.
Respecting the environment, reducing energy consumption, using new renewable energy, using LED lights, reducing waste through new and more efficient designs, manufacturing, computers, servers and related subsystems – all with the aim of promoting significant environmental benefits – cannot be ignored in the age of global climate change.
As for the sustainability of cloud computing, companies like Microsoft are following the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, which will hopefully be achieved by 2030. Responsible technology governance is essential and Microsoft has committed to be Carbon Negative, Water Positive and Zero Waste by 2030 and to remove all the carbon it has emitted since its founding in 1975 by 2050.
As sustainability becomes increasingly imperative, business leaders must recognise the value of integrating best practices and transforming the business for a better world.