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Finding and delivering sustainable  technology solutions

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Across the globe, countless companies and institutions are tackling issues of technology sustainability. It’s clear that, if we are to find effective solutions for sustainable technology use and implementation, a multi-faceted approach is required.

Applying sustainable technology solutions

The first and most obvious strategy is to improve the efficiency of the technologies we use. Taking data centres – which require significant energy use – as an example, we can reduce the energy demands of these sites by optimising airflow and reconfiguring CRAC units to facilitate more effective cooling. Many data centres would also be more energy efficient if they consolidated their lightly used servers to run at capacity. This eliminates the need for some hardware use altogether.

In terms of cryptocurrencies, which are well known as heavily energy dependent, you’ll find that many organisations are working around the clock to create ‘green’ crypto options. This is a reaction to the acute awareness that behemoths like Bitcoin are so damaging. These cryptocurrencies reduce or eliminate the energy intensive demands associated with cryptocurrency mining. Some examples of ‘green’ cryptocurrencies include:

  • Cardano
  • Solana
  • Algorand
  • XRP
  • Nano

Each of these cryptocurrencies have their own approach to reduced energy use and sustainability. It’s clear that it is possible to use cryptocurrencies without crippling the environment.

Here, you can see that environmental impact can be limited by not only producing green technology and improving the efficiency of current systems, but by changing our perspectives on how technology should be implemented and used in the long run. There are still further measures that can be taken to reduce the environmental impact of technology, though.

One of the most effective approaches is to exclusively use renewable energy providers for all electricity needs. This is something that is becoming more common in the data storage field. Many carbon-neutral data centres have been popping up across Britain and the United States over the last few years.

Since these centres use energy produced through renewable means – wind, solar, and hydro energy, to name a few – they have a limited or non-existent impact on the environment. Coupled with other innovation strategies, the sustainability of such technology can be transformed.

Carbon offsetting

What is carbon offsetting? In simple terms, it’s a method of paying for others to reduce or absorb CO2 emissions to compensate for your own carbon production. Where technology use has a heavy environmental impact, carbon offsetting can be an effective solution.

Ecologi – a company that Areti partners with for sustainable technology recruitment – is one such example of a carbon offsetting entity. Carbon offsetting companies use the capital to donate towards sustainability causes. These might include renewable energy endeavours, forestry and conservation projects, and insulation investment.

In tandem with other sustainability efforts, carbon offsetting is a wonderful way to ensure that technology use doesn’t have a net-negative impact on the environment.

Taking steps towards sustainable technology

Technology holds enormous value for society, but cannot be used recklessly to the detriment of the environment.

It is crucial that companies shift their perspectives towards more sustainable technology. Through the use of carbon offsetting, renewable energy usage, and technological innovation, concrete steps can be taken ensure technology doesn’t undermine the health of the environment.