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The Big Debate

 

Is IT part of the solution to climate change – or part of the problem?

 


This may be the greatest challenge facing mankind – so what is the role of digital technology in helping to fix it? Two experts share their views.




 

Andrew Hatton, CTO Greenpeace - The IT industry is at something of a crossroads right now. Take the correct path and the internet and IT can help us avoid dangerous warming, but take the wrong path and we could find ourselves locked into a dramatic increase in demand for electricity from coal and other dirty sources of energy which are rapidly changing our planet’s climate.

Maxime Efoui-Hess, The Shift Project - These emissions are growing as fast as 8% per year, as we keep on developing more technologies. The share of the digital economy keeps growing, and so are the greenhouse gas emissions associated with it. This means IT as we do it today doesn’t work. We are not extracting the net benefits we should from it, and this is because we do not think about our digital systems correctly.