Is the IoT the saviour of the environment? | IT PRO

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According to assessments by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of their Exponential Climate Action Roadmap, expanding the use of digital technologies could reduce carbon emission by at least 15% – almost a third of the 50% reduction needed to curb climate change by 2030.The onward march of the fourth industrial revolution, which leverages the burgeoning 5G cellular network, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence AI to create intelligent spaces and environments that better manage their resources, is a key element of the digital push to reduce the impact of climate change.Advertisement – Article continues belowAs masses of data are collected from the vast arrays of connected devices within the IoT ecosystem, can these insights lead to tangible positive impacts on climate change? With this data available, businesses can better manage their processes, supply chains and waste management.Here, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) plays a critical part in mitigating the effects of climate change. By monitoring every facet of processes from farming (for example, methane emissions from livestock) to intelligent control of street lights, it helps build a digital ecosystem that delivers the data needed to make fully informed decisions.“The deployment of smart technologies and the use …

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