The telecommunications and digital sector has a significant impact on the environment due to the increasing demand for energy to power data centers, telecommunications networks and digital devices.
Indeed, the last two decades have seen the rise of IT and digital services such as online data storage (cloud services). This technological approach has become essential for companies of all sizes and from all sectors, not only to manage data storage and backup, but also to enable workers to collaborate seamlessly and flexibly with stakeholders. However, the cloud sector consumes about 200 TWh per year worldwide, or about 1% of total global electricity demand in 2018 (1) and about 2% in 2022 (2).
What responsibility for the companies of the sector?
Companies in this sector have a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint in order to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change. This commitment to climate change is first and foremost a contribution to corporate social responsibility, making the company an agent of change. Stakeholders such as investors, customers and employees expect companies to take concrete measures to reduce their environmental impact, notably by reducing greenhouse gases. In addition to the environmental aspect, a company that commits to the transition now will benefit from significant cost savings and market opportunities; a competitive advantage that should not be overlooked.
The sector’s GHG emissions do not only come from the production of the electricity consumed but also from the production of electronic equipment.
Transparency, a principle rarely respected
Making a public commitment to the SBTi initiative by setting reduction targets for the ICT sector3 is a critical step in maintaining your competitive advantage. By adopting more sustainable practices, companies can help protect the environment and create a more sustainable future.
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