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IT Enabling Effect: 5X IT Carbon Footprint

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According to the The Climate Group “an independent, nonprofit organisation dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change”, the enabling effect of IT on reducing CO2 in 2020 is five times its own carbon footprint. What are the sources of these estimated savings?. According to the SMART 2020 report: Smart buildings, smart logistics, and smart energy. (Click on the graph below to see the stats more clearly).

The report concludes:

It is becoming clear that incremental change is not going to be enough to tackle climate change to the degree and at the speed required to keep carbon at “safe” levels in the atmosphere. Nothing less than a shift from a high to a low carbon global economy is required and in many cases ICT appears to offer the best way to accelerate this.

Thanks to Aaron for sending this along. It makes a compelling case for the importance of “computerizing green.”

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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