It might seem strange to think of digitalisation as putting us on a trajectory towards a sustainable future. However, it will be a key part of it.
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that digitalisation, inherently, has so far had a negative impact on sustainability. Over-mining for gold, lithium and other precious metals has culminated in environmental harm. It has also negatively impacted communities and other workers, who have had health or human rights violations due to movements towards digitalisation.
There are ways that we can pivot towards a sustainable future, with minimal environment harm. Here’s how.
A digital future to be proud of
Since devices are powered by electricity, they inherently cannot be in themselves sustainable. They are also manufactured from materials such as metals, glass and plastics, which have be mined, made or recycled.
Some technologies, such as public blockchains, can use massive amounts of electricity purely by functioning.
This isn’t something we can necessarily avoid.
However, we can implement better ways of fuelling digitalisation.
How we can move towards it
A primary example is renewable energy. Energy that is created by solar, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal or biomass energy uses less resources and inherently promotes a circular economy.
By using endlessly available sources of energy, we stop the use of ones like coal, which is a finite and harmful resource.
Electric energy in the form of vehicles will also be far more sustainable than traditional fuel.
Of course, none of these are without harm – but their long-term effects are far more beneficial than other options. We can also help to create a self-sustaining network by using solar energy to fuel our electric, for example. There are also other ways we can ensure sustainability in a renewable economy.
Among these is implementing circular recycling, which takes things such as precious metals from used items and reuses it, instead of having to mine new materials.
Blockhead Technologies is helping companies to track the eco-impact of their supply chains with STAMP Supply. You can find out more about STAMP Supply here or contact us here for more information or a demo.