Data and progress have largely been seen as synonymous, but speakers at a recent carbon forum cautioned against the potential of data to distract attention from the real problems facing the environment.
Luis Gonzalez, chief digital officer for Asia Pacific, GE Power Digital Solutions, explains how the power sector in Asia and globally can become more resource and cost-efficient through the adoption of digital technology.
Google uses more electricity than the city of San Francisco and its energy demands are growing by 20 per cent a year. The tech giant is aiming to be completely powered by renewables in 2017, and wants Asian policymakers to make it easier for companies to buy clean energy.
Your Netflix or Amazon addiction might seem harmless enough - but on-demand video-streaming is creating a hefty global carbon footprint. IT giants are now coming under increasing pressure to power their data centres with renewables.
and Nathalie Butt –
If online searches are a window into the questions that are playing on society’s collective mind, what does Google say about how concerned Australians are about climate change?
and Charles Kennel, Chris Rapley, David Victor, Stephen Briggs –
If you were a doctor, how many vital signs would you look for in your patient? In the same way, by keeping track of the other ways the environment is changing, the world can understand and respond better to climate change.
Real-time data platforms and other new technologies can help promote transparency in supply chains and call out environmental abuse, says John Elkington, founding partner and executive chairman of Volans.