#JOINTHESOLUTION We are part of the solution – the Internet industry.
Our world is facing great challenges. One thing is certain: As actors in the Internet industry, we are part of the solution. Think of the following: CO2 reduction through green IT and green coding in the fight against climate change; Smart City concepts that make our cities more habitable, resource-friendly and energy-efficient; health care technologies that detect cancer at an early stage on the strength of artificial intelligence; or digital platforms that promote social cohesion and humanitarian causes. In all such instances, digital and disruptive technologies help in tackling the pressing societal challenges in a variety of ways. In our campaign “#JOINTHESOLUTION: We are part of the solution – the Internet industry”, our goal is to present these solutions, tell their story, and shed light on the positive impact of digitalisation.
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Around 5.4 million tonnes
of CO2 emissions could be reduced per year from a transport perspective, if 40 % of employees worked permanently from home two days a week.
Source: Study by the Berlin think tank IZT on behalf of Greenpeace
1 year earlier
than when lung cancer is currently diagnosed, an AI programme can detect signs of this cancer on CT scans. Every year, around 1.8 million people die of lung cancer worldwide. It is the form of cancer with the highest mortality rate of all.
Source: Study by the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria), University of Côte d'Azur
Putting a stop to climate change? This won’t happen without digitalisation!
Smart technologies are the key to more CO2 savings and greater sustainability: the first part of our #JOINTHESOLUION report series illustrates how the data centre industry is using digitalisation and renewable energies to become climate neutral.
Going Green - dotmagazine edition on sustainability
How does digital technology help achieve carbon neutrality and support the energy transition?
The Going Green edition of dotmagazine – the eco Association e-magazine on Internet industry topics – demonstrates how the industry is in the prime position to change energy consumption patterns through intelligently-designed software, hardware, infrastructure and services. Here you can delve into multiple articles on topics such as how data centres can meet sustainability targets, the efficiency gains of faster transmission speeds, or how the Internet can pave the way to decentralised energy generation. The edition also spells out how diversity in the tech industry plays an essential role for sustainability.
Study: Digital Transformation for More Sustainability The Positive Impact of Digital Technologies and Infrastructure on the Carbon Footprint of Industry and Society
DIGITALISATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
With climate change now being omnipresent, sustainability has come to be one of the most pressing issues of our time. In order to achieve the climate goals set by the German federal government and climate neutrality in line with the Paris Agreement by 2050, the consistent use of digital technologies and the expansion of digital infrastructures are an indispensable part of the solution.
Smart technologies are the key to more CO2 savings and greater sustainability. This is exemplified in the study: “Digital Transformation for More Sustainability: The Positive Impact of Digital Technologies and Infrastructures on the Carbon Footprint of Industry and Society”, published by the eco Association in cooperation with the eco-founded Alliance for the Strengthening Digital Infrastructures in Germany and Arthur D. Little. The complete study is available for download as a PDF.
The use of digital levers in the industrial, urban and rural sectors will enable CO2 savings of 163 megatonnes by 2050. This is shown in a study conducted by eco and Arthur D. Little in cooperation with the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, the latter which was founded under the umbrella of eco.
In Germany, the Internet industry is recovering more quickly than expected from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. This is conveyed in the update of the eco Industry Monitor. In 2023, eco and Arthur D. Little predict a growth rate of 14 per cent. Moreover, in the medium to long term, artificial intelligence promises significant growth in all industry segments.
In the context of the energy efficiency act planned by the German government, politicians and the Internet industry have recently engaged in extensive discussions on how providers of the digital infrastructure ecosystem can further improve their energy efficiency in Germany. The focus has been particularly on the data centre industry and the regulations surrounding the utilisation of waste heat.