In a welcome development, the global climate narrative is witnessing more acceptability from diverse stakeholders across the economic spectrum. Even digital economy players, including Big Tech, have announced climate-linked goals and targets in an attempt to contribute to a sustainable future for the planet. Amazon has announced 2040 as the year it achieves a net-zero emissions and by 2025, it aims to power its operations completely by renewable energy.
Facebook and Apple are eyeing 2030 as the year for net-zero emissions in their entire value chain. Microsoft, too, has pledged to be carbon-negative by 2030 and to have removed all emissions it has ever emitted by 2050. Google also joined this “race to net-zero” by announcing ambitious plans to power its operations 100 percent by renewable energy, without using renewable certificates for offsetting any fossil-generated power.
We live in the most advanced time in technological innovation. Unfortunately though, early technological advancements were hardly environmentally conscious. Coal was first used in the 1880s, but on a minor scale. However, by 1961, it had become the primary fossil fuel used to generate electricity, per the U.S. Department of Energy.
Thanks to scientists we have been able to uncover the harsh impact of burnt fossil fuels. Unfortunately though, we still use coal and natural gas to generate electricity. As technology has advanced, so has the number of tech gadgets made available to consumers. This increases energy consumption – directly leading to more fossil fuels being burned.
The people behind today’s technological advancements are starting to shift their focus towards stopping global warming in its tracks. The Environmental Defense Fund is stepping up to the plate and dedicating its latest technological advancement to stopping methane emissions.
Reducing methane emissions and cutting our carbon footprints will help ensure we continue to build upon technological innovation while taking care of the planet. With major corporations dedicating funds and resources to solar and wind technology, our society can position itself to reduce global warming.
Written by: Stephen Akadiri