GreenBuzz: Digitalization - Climate Killer or Climate Protector?
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Technology will continue to transform our lives, and the growth of businesses will depend upon it. Digitalisation has seen a huge jump triggered by the Covid crisis. Millions of businesses around the world have transformed and digitized at a hyper pace. But where there’s light there’s usually dark, too. So what are the good and the bad sides of this megatrend?
As digitalisation is developing rapidly, so is the demand for energy and valuable resources. The power for our smartphones, streaming services and social networks has so far mainly come from fossil fuels. Some estimate that in just a few years, the digital industry will cause more carbon emissions worldwide than all motorised traffic. In fact, it already accounts for 4% of global carbon emissions.
But technology doesn’t have to be a climate killer. It can also be used as a force for good, and digitalisation can substantially help in promoting climate protection. For example, digital solutions enable the shared economy, help curb emissions that would otherwise happen through business trips or make agricultural practices more efficient and sustainable.