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.

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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