Over the last few years, global warming has become a big issue. There still might be some of us who wouldn’t take it seriously but it is real. For anyone who doesn’t exactly know what is it, global warming is driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Being a part of this planet, it is our job to make sure that climate change shouldn’t be an issue in the coming years. In this blog, we have covered how technology can help lead the way into a green future.
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How technology can help?
Data for Good
The climate crisis we face today is the result of how we, as businesses, organizations and individuals, make decisions. To reduce carbon emissions, we must decide to consume less energy and use it more efficiently. It sounds simple. But making it happen is tough, especially without the right data.
The good news is that today’s digital technologies can help us to make decisions smarter, faster and more precisely – all of which is ultimately better for the planet. With data-driven insights, technology can make smart decisions based on data points that are based on facts. With the right quality and structure of data, AI has the power to automate, or to assist us in making those decisions in real-time, changing the traditional approach.
A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity. The digital twins created in Destine (Destination Earth, a major initiative of the European Commission) will give expert and non-expert users tailored access to high-quality information, services, models, scenarios, forecasts and visualisations. Destine aims to develop a high precision digital model of the Earth to monitor and simulate natural and human activity. This includes models of the climate, weather forecasting, hurricane evolution and more. Digital twins rely on the integration of continuous observation, modelling and high-performance simulation, resulting in highly accurate predictions of future developments.
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There are various green technologies that give us a hope for a sustainable future. And green architecture is one of them. Green architecture has the capability to cut down urban resource use dramatically and make urban expansion sustainable. Green architecture allows for buildings to be constructed in a way, that they make use of existing natural light and ensure adequate insulation, so as to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, the construction materials are sourced from urban waste and landfills.
Digitization in Waste Management Logistics
Digitalization is transforming the 21st century, affecting every area of daily life, including the environmental technology sector. Let’s take the example of waste management, digital technologies are delivering more effective waste management regimes.
(Source: European Environment Agency)
Digital technologies are increasingly applied across almost all areas of waste collection. Certain aspects of waste collection have been transformed by advances in digitalization.
The main focus of Green Technologies
From small businesses manufacturers, and service providers to global manufacturing giants, investment into green technology is being considered on both small and large scale. To understand what serves as the foundation of this rapid growth, we should take a look at the key areas of focus for the green technologies.
- Energy – There is no doubt that the world today is heading into the unknown if we continue to rely on fossil fuels. Fortunately, the energy sector worldwide is focusing more on the development of alternative fuels and energy sources.
- Sustainability – Companies and service providers are taking necessary steps and putting great effort into meeting social-related needs with sustainable solutions that will be used now and in the future without damaging natural resources.
- Innovation – Innovation is the driver of future green technology and solutions. More focus is now on the development of better alternatives to the types of technologies that have proven to pose a danger to our environment and health.
The time to act is now!
To address this urgent crisis, we need to develop and deploy bold, actionable roadmaps and solutions that allow us to lower energy-related emissions while still meeting world’s demand for energy. The power of today’s digital technologies, data, and AI can help us beef up the sustainability transformation. The digital era is a new reality, it is sustainable and also helps in making the whole process better and faster than ever. As they say, the world is at your fingertips.