This year’s COP27 summit has once again turned the spotlight towards how best to tackle the climate crisis.
All industries, including the technology sector, will have a role to play in reducing emissions – here we highlight just some examples of climate technologies that can contribute towards a more sustainable, greener future.
Rising temperatures are primarily blamed on man-made emissions of greenhouse gases that become trapped in the atmosphere.
Among the most significant greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide.
Innovations being used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions include carbon capture, utilisation, and storage technologies. These technologies capture carbon before it is compressed and transported to be used in a range of applications or injected into deep geological formations which can trap the carbon dioxide for permanent storage.
Greater use of data centres
The advent of computers has increased electricity consumption considerably, but thankfully, modern data centres offer a more energy efficient solution.
Rather than performing energy-intensive applications on local machines, this energy could be offset by utilising ‘the cloud’.
Data centres are dependent upon quality internet connections, which highlights the need for the development of high-speed internet connections globally – especially in urban and rural areas.
Household energy efficiency
The most effective technological solution to climate change is reducing energy consumption overall, and this can be achieved by making homes more energy efficient.
The technology to achieve this is already there, with many of the newest products on the market capable of saving householders hundreds of pounds annually.
Energy savings made through design innovations for these household goods might be small individually, but they have the potential to scale and significantly impact overall energy consumption.
Unfortunately, shortages of battery materials are a potential obstacle to the growth of electric vehicles. But alternative batteries that minimize or avoid the most problematic raw materials could overcome this problem within the next few years.
Eventually, solid-state batteries—with a solid electrolyte made from common minerals like glass or ceramics—could become a key EV battery technology. The solid electrolyte is chemically stable, lighter and recharges faster than lithium-ion batteries meaning this innovation is good news for those hoping to speed up electric vehicle adoption.
At b4b Group we understand that many businesses are searching for ways to utilise IT and technology solutions to make their business more sustainable.
Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how b4b Group can help future-proof your organisation.