The 5 biggest green trends in tech

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 26th, 2021

The 5 biggest green trends in tech

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 26, 2021

As technology becomes more powerful, sustainability in tech is more important than ever. With environmental legislation tightening, companies are taking massive action to become more sustainable. Here are the five key green trends that are transforming the tech sector.

1. Cutting power consumption and Co2 emissions

Measuring the energy cost and carbon footprint of technology across its entire life cycle, including green disposal methods, is vital to sustainability.

Many companies are making commitments, signing up to support the UN’s Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals, and producing their own sustainability reports, but they need to follow through on these or they will be called out.

2. The use of 5G networks

It’s becoming clear that 5G offers improved sustainability as well as speed. Not only will it reduce harmful emissions, it also has applications in remote healthcare, precision farming, education and training that will drive positive change towards sustainability in those sectors on a massive scale.

3. Immersion cooling in data centres

Data centres have been working hard to cut CO2 emissions and energy use, but an under-discussed aspect of their environmental impact is water use. Surprisingly enough, air-cooling the banks of computers uses billions of litres of water, but immersion cooling uses just 5% of that and is gentler on electronics, extending their lives and lowering the carbon cost of maintenance and replacement.

4. Intelligent automation in manufacturing

While humans continue to make movies about hostile AIs taking over the planet, real AIs are busy helping to save it. Intelligent automation can predict customer buying behaviour and enables supply chains to make decisions and recommendations without human input.

This means human workers can save their time and energy to focus on sustainability, staff can leave – or be quarantined – without efficiency being compromised, and supply chains can become sustainable enough to survive disruption.

5. Work management automation

Work management automation is an innovative trend accelerated by the pandemic, in which centralised technology allows people to work from anywhere and managers to have end-to-end visibility on projects without leaving their homes. This enables them to make smart,evidence-based decisions leading to better management resources, assets and emissions – as well as cutting carbon by cutting out the daily commute.

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