This is the burning question of our time – how does technology solve the catastrophic climate change issues facing our planet.
The statistics are not good. Greenhouse gases are engulfing our planet and a million animal species are threatened with extinction. Our population is growing and so is average energy consumption – up 1-2 percent per year.
And our relentless passion for technology has led to our growing carbon footprint. For example, by 2020, smartphones will account for 1% of global carbon emissions, but this forecast is set to grow to 3.5% within a decade.
Similarly, traffic on telecom networks is predicted to increase fivefold from 2018 to 2024, where every person in the world is expected to generate data equivalent to 6,700 photo uploads per day.
So, as we celebrate World Environment Day this week, we need to ask how much is helping or harming the planet’s technology? Better yet, can we change environmental threats using technology?
With so much unseen change, it’s good to see a lot of technology companies focusing on that. On June 6, Huawei hosted the 2022 Tech for a Better Planet summit with support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
In a statement released by Huawei, the technology giant said: “A key step forward is to prioritize energy efficiency and green advancement in the technology sector and pass on innovations we are making in other industries.From green communications networks to green data centers, green changes can make a significant difference in the overall carbon footprint that a business makes. By adopting digital technologies, we predict that industries can reduce their energy consumption by 20% by 2030, a carbon offset that is ten times greater than the energy used by the ICT sector itself.
“However, rising energy consumption is not the only threat facing our planet. The ability of the world’s rainforests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is rapidly declining such as deforestation, reduced carbon sinks and production a domino effect on habitat and biodiversity loss.
“For environmental conservation, we need to create solutions that understand the world’s ecosystems and become the basis for effective protection measures. Together with our partners, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Rainforest Connection , we create solutions under our Tech4Nature and TECH4ALL initiatives to make this possible in ecosystems around the world, from rainforests, mountains, and plains to swamps, rivers, and oceans.
“Infrared camera technology explored by cloud AI, for example, helps track and monitor endangered species, including Darwin’s fox and Hainan gibbon. Similar technologies have enabled the restoration of the coral reef system in Indian Ocean and is working to prevent an invasive species from destroying wild salmon populations in Europe’s Atlantic.AI-powered acoustics solutions deployed in wooden canopies can detect the sounds of chainsaws and trucks related to illegal logging in rainforests and send real-time alerts to field rangers.According to the UN, up to 90% of logging is illegal and, since before industrial At that time, 64% of all rainforests were destroyed or damaged. ”
2022 Tech For a Better Planet Summit
While technology promotes environmental conservation and net zero travel, the partnership delivers results. On June 6 – the day after World Environment Day 2022 – Huawei hosted the 2022 Tech for a Better Planet summit with support from IUCN. It will look at the role of technology as an enabler in protecting and restoring our badly damaged planet, including projects to help make a difference.
Click the link below to register for the webinar: