28 March 2023
A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is full of distressing reading. Digital development must speed up, and researchers can play a leading role in the development of digital solutions to counteract climate change.
Of course, digitisation alone cannot eliminate CO2 emissions, but several reports have concluded that digital technology can make a difference when it comes to climate change. A report from the Royal Society estimates that digital technology can contribute to 1/3 of England’s CO2 reduction target in 2030, and the Boston Consulting Group estimates that digital solutions can reduce companies’ CO2 emissions by 5-10%, which corresponds to a reduction of 2.6 – 5.3 gigatons of CO2 emissions if the solutions are implemented globally.