The power of digital to harness a green economy

One thing that Covid-19 has proven is that humanity must not only look after itself but also after this planet


One thing that Covid-19 has proven is that humanity must not only look after itself but also after this planet.

The climate emergency is already having devastating consequences for all life on earth, for the most vulnerable and those who have contributed least to its destruction. Due to interconnection, the crises many are facing now cannot be tackled in isolation and it is dangerous to think that economies cannot adapt to such a change.

The good news is that digital technologies and the digital economy are now central to the way people work, conduct business, perform international trade and engage the world as individuals and communities. This means that the digitisation taking place in most sectors will also be able to support a green economy and environmental policies such as waste and recycling.

A green economy

A green economy prioritises the health of people and the planet and sees these entities as interconnected. Think solar and wind power instead of fossil fuels, or better public transport and more electric vehicles as opposed to petrol and diesel ones.

It would also mean massive investment in renewables, housing and transport and rolling out training programs to skill people up for new jobs in all of these areas. This would not just be good for the planet, but also good for the economy.

Such big investments could create hundreds of thousands of jobs worldwide and a win-win situation providing both jobs and greener solutions.

The power of data

One of the ways technology can contribute most is through the power of data. Data allows businesses to analyse large data sets in order to make more informed strategic decisions.

Thanks to connected devices and predictive analytics, data is more prevalent than ever, and companies that can effectively put it to use are enjoying the benefits. 

Not only are organizations harnessing and analysing more data, but they’re also collaborating with it. A case in point is the motor industry which is undergoing huge change thanks to car-sharing apps and alternative mobility services which have less of a negative impact on the environment.

A successful transition to climate neutrality will depend on the capacity of world leaders to bring innovation to the table, leveraging digital technologies as key enablers.

Harnessing such technologies could bring entirely new ways of solving environmental problems and at the same time will likely contribute to profound economic and social change.

People must come together and treat the tech sector as part of the solution rather than part of the problem and this is where the marriage between governmental bodies and private agencies will be at its most profound.

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