Digital infrastructures as well as digital technologies and services, when used consistently in the right domains, offer immense potential for tackling climate change and other sustainability goals.
Today, there is already a positive eco-balance of digitalisation; in numerous industrial sectors, net CO2 is saved through digital technologies and applications.
Connected mobility, for example, optimises traffic flows and will save up to 50 per cent of CO2 emissions in urban car traffic by 2030. By consistently utilising waste heat from data centres, all residential and office spaces in Frankfurt could be heated in a CO2-neutral manner by 2030. Digital infrastructures and digital services are part of the solution and contribute not only in an ecological manner to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This is also made clear by the eco initiative #JOINTHESOLUTION: We are part of the solution – the Internet industry.
It is also becoming increasingly important for companies to include sustainability figures and targets in their reporting. From 2024, the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) will become mandatory step by step, and will create uniform binding European standards for sustainability reporting. However, it is not only legal and regulatory requirements that make sustainability reporting necessary; the sustainability criteria of companies are also playing an increasingly vital role for more and more stakeholders such as investors, customers, applicants or employees.
There are digital tools that can be helpful for reporting and visualising your carbon footprints, such as the communication platform Loompact, which is now available free of charge on the campaign website #JOINTHESOLUTION.