How does technology contribute to sustainability?

Article by Joana Salvado,
Microsoft Partnership Manager

There’s a common desire in organizations to commit to sustainability

But, what does this mean and how can organizations ally technology to sustainability?

How can organizations overcome the Carbon Emissions challenges, be profitable, and deliver innovation? Sustainability requires transformation and most organizations are discovering how to consolidate new technologies and new measures to proceed with their social-ecological development and framework. Technology is shaping sustainability and enabling advanced levels of productivity and efficiency.

There’s a rise of new green tech products and effective pathways that don’t compromise the health of the ecosystems. We see an increase in Green Products that minimizes the Environmental Footprint, companies’ policies that embrace employees to Engage in Sustainable Practices, and Sustainable Product Life Cycles with less hazardous materials. 

In this Fourth Industrial Revolution that we are living in, “Cloud Computing” provides a relevant role in reducing the Carbon Footprint. Choosing Cloud over on-premises deployments can help reduce carbon emissions. The ability to scale technology, to share resources, the elimination of physical assets, in sum the reduction of the total cost of ownership of IT and enabling new solutions for smart grids, buildings, optimized logistics, and dematerialization, have an impact on global carbon emissions. 

“Green Cloud”, “Green Computing” or “Green Data Center” are imperative concepts when we talk about tech sustainability.

Being environment-friendly, reducing energy consumption, using new renewables energies, using LED lights, reducing waste through new and more efficient designing, manufacturing, computers, servers, and associated subsystems that promotes substantial environmental benefits cannot be ignored in a climate change global era. 

In cloud computing sustainability, companies such as Microsoft are following the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, which will hopefully be achieved by the year 2030. Responsible technology governance is a must and Microsoft took the pledge to be Carbon Negative, water positive, and zero waste by 2030 and by 2050 will remove all the carbon that the company has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

At BOLD by Devoteam we are making our journey in the Sustainability Development Goals and we decided to join Microsoft in the Partner Pledge Program, a program that aims to prepare the countries for the challenges of the future. This program is focused on these critical goals: Digital Skills, Apprenticeships, Responsible and Ethical AI, Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion.

As sustainability is becoming imperative, business leaders must understand the value of integrating best practices and reshape the business for a better world.

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