Climate change is an undeniable fact and requires advanced technological solutions, especially considering the estimates of world population growth. According to the United Nations, by 2050 we could have up to 9.7 billion people, 2 billion more than today. It emphasizes the importance of the technology industry leading the transition towards a more sustainable world by adopting CleanTech and GreenTech solutions.
In this context, Softtek, a next-generation digital solutions company, emphasizes that technology companies have an important role, as they can advocate for sustainable solutions that range from energy efficiency to an eco-friendly operating policy. The demand for zero-carbon technologies has increased, which offers great potential for the growth of the green technology industry.
In this section, Softtek presents 10 trends shaping sustainable technology:
Blockchain. This technology revolutionizes the management of renewable energy by providing a more transparent energy supply chain. It facilitates real-time monitoring of energy production and distribution, guaranteeing the traceability and reliability of renewable energy.
“The real-time monitoring of energy consumption represents an opportunity to understand patterns of energy use, identify possible inefficiencies, and optimize organizational processes. On the other hand, tracking ensures the accuracy and reliability of measurements, creating trust and security for all interested parties,” details Fernando Nava, Director of Sustainability at Softtek.
Artificial intelligence (AI). Currently, AI is presented as a key ally in energy efficiency. It facilitates the analysis and optimizes the energy consumption of buildings, industrial plants, and entire cities. The use of AI simplifies tasks such as predicting energy demand, identifying poor consumption patterns, and automating changes in real-time to reduce energy waste, thus contributing to reduced costs and carbon emissions.
Quantum computing. It revolutionizes environmental simulation by offering unparalleled processing capabilities. It allows scientists and experts to continue to accurately simulate the effects of climate change and evaluate the environmental impact of business decisions.
Internet of Things (IoT). Through this device, advanced network-connected sensors collect real-time data on air quality and other environmental aspects. This allows you to make informed decisions and create more sustainable solutions. With IoT, natural resources can be managed proactively to quickly respond to environmental events, thus creating greater resilience and sustainability.
Virtual reality (VR). VR is revolutionizing environmental education through immersive experiences that increase understanding of environmental challenges. In addition, it helps raise awareness about ecosystem conservation, waste management, and the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle.
“Promoting environmental awareness among staff through simulations and virtual environments is an effective way to develop a more empathetic mentality committed to preserving the environment and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle,” details Roberto Alejo Garza, Softtek’s Environmental Coordinator.
5G networks. It favors the advanced management of interconnected devices. They make faster and more effective communication possible between IoT devices and environmental sensors to reduce energy consumption. It improves systems and processes and reduces carbon emissions.
Sustainable cloud computing. Sustainable cloud technologies reduce the environmental impact of data centers, help reduce energy consumption and resource waste, and ensure greater availability and redundancy. By optimizing servers and data management, companies can become more sustainable by reducing their carbon footprint.
Robotics and automation in agriculture. This allows crops and natural resources to be managed more precisely through tasks such as crop monitoring.
Augmented reality (AR). AR applications help visualize real-time data about how HVAC, lighting, and electronic systems are being managed. This technology is key to making informed decisions, reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, and improving building sustainability.
Bioinformatics. Scientists can identify pharmaceutical compounds with minimal environmental impact thanks to machine learning algorithms and genomic data analysis. Research and development of environmentally safer drugs are accelerated, chemical waste is reduced, and pharmaceutical production is optimized.