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The technology sector’s environmental duty
By Malcolm Johnson – Many enterprises are turning to technology to increase efficiency and ‘green’ their own operations.

But the ICT sector itself is currently one of the fastest growing greenhouse gas-emitting and energy-consuming sectors.

What more can be done to reduce our own carbon footprint?

Whether monitoring natural disasters or energy consumption or innovating the exciting new world of smart cities— the technology sector has already proven that it has the ‘smarts’ to make a positive difference. Post-pandemic, the ambition is to ‘build back better’ but the window for action is closing fast and we can’t fantasize about the future without also putting our own house in order.

We need to collaborate internationally, regionally and nationally to turn intention into action.

The interplay between climate change and digital transformation is fundamental. ICT can have transformative impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if developed and deployed with environmental impact in mind.

In the area of e-waste, for example, it can be challenging to determine who is responsible for the end-of-life management of equipment. The obligations for companies that produce equipment and put it on the market are not always clear, and the energy efficiency of products is not yet tied to the regulation of waste management. more>


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