Nowadays, the fight against climate change is an issue that affects many areas of life and has a serious impact on the future. It is a multifaceted matter that requires reacting on many levels. Many factors influence climate change, including massive plastic production, water pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, and consumerism. Therefore, taking care of the climate should be in the interest of all of us. The technology industry should also join this fight and focus on producing products and services that harm the environment as little as possible. It would seem that the IT industry has little impact on climate change in the world. However, this is not true. Introducing the principle of sustainable development in digital companies may affect climate change. Find out about the target and solution that you can deliver to your company.

1. Saving time and money

Sustainable software development gives the opportunity to obtain processes that make it possible to verify errors and prevent them. As a result, the time allocated to the implementation of the project is significantly reduced. Thanks to such activities, the company can save time and money and reduce costs in the long term. The introduction of sustainable development also allows for more accurate verification of the supply chain, which makes it possible to prevent unnecessary loss of activity. Cost savings come from better use of resources, e.g. by optimizing water or energy consumption.

2. Reduction of the carbon emission

Today, the world continuously produces electronics that consume energy and contribute to increasing the carbon footprint. Often, the increasingly higher energy class of devices is not followed by the equally high energy class of the software. Applications that constantly run in the background of users’ smartphones are refreshed every now and then and perform a lot of not always necessary calculations and data transfers in a frequent manner, consuming energy and contributing to increasing the temperature on the planet. The energy class of software in battery-powered devices is raised through more efficient, dedicated operating systems, low-level software, using efficient languages ​​such as aging C, and more energy-efficient protocols. 

3. Revenue

Systematic management of the sustainable development program allows you to see new patterns in the behavior of the company or service providers. A sustainability system helps to get a clearer picture of the impact a company is having at a given moment and to recognize the new potential in its operations.

4. Customer purchasing decisions

Nowadays, the awareness of customers is also growing, thanks to which it has an impact on their purchasing decisions. Customers are currently looking for products not only of high quality but also those that at the same time fit into their personal values ​​and are sincere in their actions.

People are willing to pay more for a product whose use and production process have a real impact on improving the global climate. We can see increasing requirements for transparency in the B2B field as buyers verify the environmental and social performance of their suppliers and business partners. A large number of big businesses introduce the so-called sustainable development clause in their contracts for public procurement. According to the website, Microsoft has published a code of conduct that requires suppliers to disclose their carbon dioxide emissions. A digital company aims to continuously reduce its carbon footprint through its actions, but also through the actions of other companies in the industry.

5. Offset of risk   

A risk beyond our control may exist all the time and it’s hard to say when it may show up. Natural disasters or political conflicts can have a poor effect on the company’s operations. Specialized technology can make a real contribution to preventing such risks. It enables you to manage sustainability data, detect possible risks and react in advance, as well as control and adjusts opportunity costs. Your company will gain an advantage over the competition if your activities are transparent and your business policy is risked as little as possible.

6. Automation tools

In order to be able to inform the public accurately about what actions in the context of environmental protection should be taken, you need computer software in the most accurate versions created by programming engineers who know how to create them. Creating this type of tool requires programmers’ exceptional analytical and social skills, when creating automation programs, e.g. for controlling energy consumption measurements.


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Positive impact on climate in the digital world

There are many ways you can contribute to the environment in the digital world. You can make sure your applications run efficiently without using too much energy. Refactoring plugins for smoother operation or reducing unnecessary lines of code together can reduce the amount of energy used in your business. 

Google has designed a cloud shutdown scheduling service at runtime to help save energy. New tools are appearing on the market on an ongoing basis to measure how much energy is consumed by a given device. Meters measure watt-hours and the amount of power consumed by the GPU, CPU, computer memory, and network. It is also possible to verify the consumed energy through the device screen. It is also very valuable to create and support applications or other digital products supporting ecology. At Applover, for example, we have created an application for the Eko-logis company, which offers the collection of rubbish and debris to containers, and also sells and purchases aggregates. There are always ways to implement environmental awareness and responsibility in your business, whether it’s a small startup or a large digital agency.