The digital revolution has transformed how we live and work. It has helped us to create new, tailored products and services and we can do almost everything faster, more conveniently and affordably than ever before.
Yet as technology has permeated society, the amount of energy it consumes has grown huge. New technologies such as artificial intelligence, block chain and quantum computing will compound these energy needs.
Technology also provides many solutions to help society become more sustainable. Smart building systems, robotics and digital twins can help organizations to become more efficient and shrink their carbon footprint. Cloud computing lets utilities manage energy sustainably across entire grids.
We must address an urgent twofold imperative: we must make technology itself more sustainable, and we must use technology to become more sustainable. And we must do both in a responsible way, building in proper governance, respecting privacy and building trust.
Accenture works across the broader technology ecosystem with strategic partners to drive sustainability at scale.
Enabling social entrepreneurs for societal impact
PROJECT AMPLIFY STORY
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Project Amplify started in India in 2020 as a collaboration between Microsoft and Accenture to amplify the societal impact of emerging technology with the long-term goal of reaching millions of lives globally.
Through this initiative, Microsoft Research India and Accenture Labs have helped social enterprise startups test and validate proof-of-concepts, conduct design thinking sessions to help entrepreneurs re-envision the impact of their solutions, and provide support in exploring and using Microsoft technologies. Today, the program has scaled beyond India to Asia Pacific.
We live in a world more connected than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the move to more remote work and the need for always-on connectivity, as the home became the office.
No surprise, then, that data traffic is predicted to grow eight-fold by 2030. This growth in traffic has the potential to increase energy requirements and therefore carbon emissions. But leaders in the Information, Communication and Technology sector have thought ahead.
The sector is already acting to reduce its carbon emissions by purchasing renewable energy, setting science-based targets and by making data more energy efficient. So, even as demand for data rises exponentially, the amount of energy used to run that data will not rise in the same incremental way.
The sector can also help other sectors to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. This new report sheds light on the role of the ICT sector in this decade to deliver.