IT expert, Lean ICT project, Shift Project
As a standalone industry, digital uses massive amounts of hard-to-recycle resources and energy. As an industry that services other sectors of the economy, digital can be a driver of massive savings in resource use and CO2 emissions, providing enough thought goes into ensuring it is used in the most appropriate and effective ways.
Otherwise the rebound effect is inevitable, leading to huge increases in direct and indirect CO2 emissions. Questions and best practices are now emerging that help make sure digital is part of the solution not the problem, and that it contributes to a more sustainable future.