Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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

PwC: “Business as usual is not an option”

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Consultancies periodically weigh in on macro issues that affect business organizations, such as climate change.

While typically not peer reviewed, these analyses can offer interesting insights, food for thought, and suggest areas for academic research.

PwC recently published a report describing their view of what’s needed in order to stabilize CO2 concentrations and provide a 50% probability of limiting warming to 2 deg C: “Too late for two degrees? Low carbon economy index 2012“. The graph above encapsulates the analysis.

While the study does not address the question of how we might make these reductions (see here for an example), it does reinforce a stark message to business and government leaders: business as usual is not an option (consistent with climate science analysis).

Happy thanksgiving.

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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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