Three Technologies Shaping a Greener Future by 2025

May 12, 2024

In our quest for a more environmentally sustainable world, technology is playing a pivotal role. Gartner, a respected research and advisory firm, has pinpointed three emerging technologies in environmental sustainability that are on the verge of becoming mainstream within the next few years.

These technologies have the potential to transform industries and steer us toward a more sustainable future.

Green computing is the future. The image shows trees, clouds and computers living together as one.

1. Cloud Sustainability: Making Clouds Greener

Cloud sustainability isn't just about storing data in the cloud; it's about using cloud services to benefit the environment, economy, and society. Public cloud providers, like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, are particularly well-suited for this task. They can centralize IT operations, which means they can do more with less energy. Plus, they're starting to invest in green tech, like powering data centers with renewable energy.

By 2025, how green a cloud provider is will be a top concern when choosing cloud services. This pressure will push providers to be more transparent about their environmental efforts.

2. Measuring Our Carbon Footprint: Knowing Our Impact

Carbon footprint measurement is a crucial part of sustainability. It's about figuring out how much greenhouse gas emissions we're responsible for. We divide these emissions into three categories:

  1. Direct emissions from things we own or control (like factories or cars).
  2. Indirect emissions from the energy we buy (like electricity).
  3. All other indirect emissions in our supply chain (everything from making products to transporting them).

Measuring the third category, Scope 3 emissions, is tricky, but technology is helping. Sensors and data collection tools are becoming more advanced, which will make it easier for companies to track their full environmental impact.

3. Smart Grid Management: Keeping the Lights on Sustainably

Smart grid management is like a high-tech traffic control system for electricity. It uses technology like supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and artificial intelligence to help grid operators manage energy resources efficiently. This is essential as we transition to using more renewable energy sources.

Currently, about 5-20% of organizations are using these advanced grid management tools. But that number is expected to grow significantly over the next few years. By 2026, most major energy companies will be putting their money into renewable energy.

In conclusion

These three technologies are the harbingers of a greener future. They promise to reduce carbon emissions, boost sustainability, and help us manage energy resources more efficiently. With their adoption, we're taking a significant step toward a more sustainable and environmentally conscious world. Embracing these technologies is not just an option; it's an essential path to securing a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Article source: Gartner Says Three Emerging Environmental Sustainability Technologies Will See Early Mainstream Adoption by 2025

Interested in making an impact?

PocketSeed is a platform that makes it easy for businesses to integrate climate action into their products and services and share the journey with customers.

Contact us to learn more today.