Role of IT in Sustaining the Environment

“We can no longer expect to enjoy peace and security, economic growth and human rights if we continue to ignore the key problems of the Energy-Climate era. How we handle these problems will determine whether we have peace and security, economic growth and human rights in the coming years.”

~ from the book Hot, Flat and Crowded by Tom Friedman

 

In an age when climate change has become a major political and social issue, governments, nonprofit organizations, and corporations are increasingly adopting “green” strategies — efforts to make their processes more environment-friendly and reduce their carbon footprints. Sustainability is, without doubt, the most significant reorientation of global business strategy and operations since the technological boom in the 1990s. Information Technology contributes only 2% of global carbon emissions. Yet, proponents of the IT domain cannot sit back and relax.

Technological innovations, particularly monitoring devices, and simulative environments have drastically reduced wastage of raw materials while ensuring a reduced emission of greenhouse gases. IT plays a key sustainability role in data management, in terms of the monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and other environmental parameters. There’s increasing pressure on companies to do more to help tackle climate change. Corporations like Intel, Google, Ford Motors, Infosys, etc. are employing steps to monitor and reduce their share of carbon emission.

Not just corporations, but also smaller firms like ourselves are committed to the sustainability of the environment. A naturally lit room, with space for ample airflow, is not just an economic asset, but also an asset for the environment. Real-time automation systems which monitor and control the electrical installations in any setting helps in reducing power consumption significantly. Work environments like “Special Economic Zones” are set up where specific guidelines are in place to monitor and control the expulsion of carbon into the atmosphere. A collective effort by constituent private companies plays a key role in this aspect. Increasing the green cover in and around these zones are also a key target of the institutions.

TeamTA has always strived to contribute its share for a sustainable workplace and environment. Not just of the earth, but the health and mental well being of an individual is also closely tied to that of a sustainable environment. A workplace that provides good health and mental well being will surely witness a decent work and economic growth. This reflects in the services we provide and the products we have helped deploy.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is #BeatAirPollution. The traditional way to reduce air pollution is by increasing the green coverage. Reducing water pollution will lead to a reduced release of carbon into the atmosphere. To maintain the green of the earth, the blue waters of the planet are also to be conserved. A collective effort not just from the IT community, but also from every institution around the globe will play a key role in keeping the earth, a green and blue planet that it is…

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