Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

GHG Emissions By Sector

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[Source: U.S. EPA, see Table 2-14: electricity-related emissions distributed among sectors]

According to the U.S. EPA, roughly 75% of GHG Emissions arise from Industry, Transportation, and Commercial end-use sectors, and this hasn’t changed much over the past few decades. From my perusal of the 463-page EPA report, a big part of this is a) moving people and things in vehicles; b) heating/cooling buildings; c) energy use for business processes. Sustainability 2.0 means using information systems to improve the carbon efficiency of these processes by enhancement and substitution. More on this soon.

Happy Memorial Day.

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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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