Digitalisation powering environmental protection

14 October 2021

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UN Secretary’s General Roadmap for Digital Cooperation warns that operations related to ICT are expected to represent up to 20 per cent of global electricity demand, with one third stemming from data centres alone. Therefore, how can we truly benefit from the technology’s environmental solutions and use the digital revolution to advance environmental stewardship? How can we appropriately harness digital opportunities while limiting adverse effects of digitalisation on the environment? How can we build strong partnerships among regions to support digital transition that powers environmental protection across the globe

Digital revolution is changing the way we work, live and solve challenges. Numerous ground-breaking opportunities for environmental protection and climate action are offered by new technologies and digitalisation. AI for example can strengthen climate predictions, enable smarter decision-making for decarbonizing industries and show us the effects of extreme weather, just to name a few.

As we strive for digital economies that will put people at their heart, foster international development and protect human rights and freedoms we also need a better understanding of the environmental footprint of our economic development, including ICT’s growing carbon footprint.

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