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Sustainability in tech industry - statistics & facts

Technology has completely changed our lives in recent years, from running businesses to maintaining social contact with others. Alongside this, addressing sustainability in light of climate change has become a pressing issue across all industries, including the technology sector. There is an increasing demand for enterprises to prepare and deliver a more sustainable future, emphasizing social responsibility, accountability, and transparency of processes.

Sustainability reporting in the tech industry

One of the approaches taken up by enterprises is the sustainability reporting process through corporate social responsibility or sustainability reports. These reports ensure that organizations consider their impacts on sustainability issues, assess risks, and identify opportunities in the field. They also provide businesses and consumers with information to make informed and conscious decisions about investments and product purchases based on the companies’ carbon footprints and other sustainability metrics. The sustainability reporting rate has been on the rise in general, with technology, media and telecommunication sector reporting at 84 percent.

Energy consumption and carbon emissions

One of the most significant challenges tech companies face is sourcing green energy as the world gets data intensive. This transition has led to larger data centers, facilities that require additional power to maintain the IT infrastructure housed within them. However, the carbon footprint of the information and communication technology sector is highest among user devices compared to data centers. Thus, even with many tech giants striving towards carbon neutrality wherever possible throughout their value chain, part of the responsibility lies with the end-users of electronic devices from daily usage to disposal at end of life.

Waste management

In addition to emissions, recycling is also a significant issue in relation to sustainability, notably how the tech industry deals with the increasing amounts of e-waste. Less than one fifth of e-waste is collected and recycled worldwide. With most of the waste produced by the major tech players ending up in landfills, there are growing calls for stricter regulation on recycling such waste and preventing it from polluting our environment.

Technology for sustainability

Several technologies have improved our energy consumption over the years, especially with electronic products and process management. One of the prime examples of green electronic products are LED (light-emitting diode) lights, which consume less than 25 percent of the energy of an incandescent bulb and are forecast to make up over 87 percent of the global lighting market by 2030. Apart from electronic products, the usage of artificial intelligence (AI) worldwide is supporting attempts to combat climate change by implementing this technology in several use cases. Artificial intelligence enabled use cases can aid organizations to achieve 11 to 45 percent of their Economic Emissions Intensity reduction by 2030.

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Sustainability in tech industry - statistics & facts

Technology has completely changed our lives in recent years, from running businesses to maintaining social contact with others. Alongside this, addressing sustainability in light of climate change has become a pressing issue across all industries, including the technology sector. There is an increasing demand for enterprises to prepare and deliver a more sustainable future, emphasizing social responsibility, accountability, and transparency of processes.

Sustainability reporting in the tech industry

One of the approaches taken up by enterprises is the sustainability reporting process through corporate social responsibility or sustainability reports. These reports ensure that organizations consider their impacts on sustainability issues, assess risks, and identify opportunities in the field. They also provide businesses and consumers with information to make informed and conscious decisions about investments and product purchases based on the companies’ carbon footprints and other sustainability metrics. The sustainability reporting rate has been on the rise in general, with technology, media and telecommunication sector reporting at 84 percent.

Energy consumption and carbon emissions

One of the most significant challenges tech companies face is sourcing green energy as the world gets data intensive. This transition has led to larger data centers, facilities that require additional power to maintain the IT infrastructure housed within them. However, the carbon footprint of the information and communication technology sector is highest among user devices compared to data centers. Thus, even with many tech giants striving towards carbon neutrality wherever possible throughout their value chain, part of the responsibility lies with the end-users of electronic devices from daily usage to disposal at end of life.

Waste management

In addition to emissions, recycling is also a significant issue in relation to sustainability, notably how the tech industry deals with the increasing amounts of e-waste. Less than one fifth of e-waste is collected and recycled worldwide. With most of the waste produced by the major tech players ending up in landfills, there are growing calls for stricter regulation on recycling such waste and preventing it from polluting our environment.

Technology for sustainability

Several technologies have improved our energy consumption over the years, especially with electronic products and process management. One of the prime examples of green electronic products are LED (light-emitting diode) lights, which consume less than 25 percent of the energy of an incandescent bulb and are forecast to make up over 87 percent of the global lighting market by 2030. Apart from electronic products, the usage of artificial intelligence (AI) worldwide is supporting attempts to combat climate change by implementing this technology in several use cases. Artificial intelligence enabled use cases can aid organizations to achieve 11 to 45 percent of their Economic Emissions Intensity reduction by 2030.

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