Digital technology has a “central role to play” in achieving net zero emissions and tech giants must play their part, a report has said.
mart meters, supercomputers, weather modelling and AI could all help cut carbon emissions by one third in the next 10 years, according to the Royal Society.
It estimates that digital technology contributes between 1.4% and 5.9% to global emissions and recommends that firms be more open about their energy consumption, in particular from data centres.
This pandemic has accelerated the digital transition so now is the time to take stock and ensure the sustainable development of future digital technologies and systemsProfessor Andy Hopper, Royal Society
The net zero transition should be data-led, with governance arrangements in place that enable the safe and rapid use of data to support the achievement of the net zero target, the report explained.
Regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority