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Can technology tackle climate change? There is a pressing need. If temperatures keep rising, many parts of the world will have limited agency to adapt to a changing environment. The International Energy Agency says that by 2030 emissions must fall by 45% relative to 2010 to be on track to reach net zero.

The private sector has a critical role to play in a net zero future—it brings to bear influence, investment and innovation. But companies have some big questions to answer as they look to introduce and scale sustainable digital solutions. How can technology be deployed to make businesses more sustainable? What role does the cloud have to play? What, where and how and should we be measuring? And can digital truly enable sustainability?

In this series, some of Accenture’s and Asia-Pacific’s leading thinkers and executives will address these questions and more in “Sustainability, powered by technology”.

Sustainability, powered by technology Accenture

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Can technology tackle climate change? There is a pressing need. If temperatures keep rising, many parts of the world will have limited agency to adapt to a changing environment. The International Energy Agency says that by 2030 emissions must fall by 45% relative to 2010 to be on track to reach net zero.

The private sector has a critical role to play in a net zero future—it brings to bear influence, investment and innovation. But companies have some big questions to answer as they look to introduce and scale sustainable digital solutions. How can technology be deployed to make businesses more sustainable? What role does the cloud have to play? What, where and how and should we be measuring? And can digital truly enable sustainability?

In this series, some of Accenture’s and Asia-Pacific’s leading thinkers and executives will address these questions and more in “Sustainability, powered by technology”.

    Building a responsible metaverse

    Building a responsible metaverse

    This month, Adam Green speaks to Denise Zheng, lead for Responsible Metaverse at Accenture, and Mark Carell-Billiard, global lead of Technology Innovation at Accenture labs, about the booming interest in the metaverse and the key challenges now faced to ensure it is developed responsibly. There is significant pressure on companies to stake out their place in the metaverse, as they explore use cases and principles to guide responsible development. From energy use to privacy, this podcast looks at the main risks of the metaverse, and the role of partnerships, industry codes of conduct, regulations and technology itself, like green software, to provide guardrails and ensure the metaverse is a force for good. The discussion also explores the key skills and competencies necessary to excel in the metaverse era as companies navigate the opportunities and risks of web3.
    To read more about some of the topics discussed in this episode, please click on the following links:
    The Green Software Foundation is a coalition of organisations dedicated to building a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling and best practices for creating and building green software.
    Uniting technology and sustainability: How to get the full value from your sustainable tech strategy

    • 30 min
    Is green software on the agenda?

    Is green software on the agenda?

    This month, Adam Green speaks to two green software experts about the environmental implications of code, how businesses should think about software in their ESG strategy and the best practices to building and running green software. Navveen Balani is Chief Technologist at the Technology Sustainability Innovation Group at Accenture, and Ziliang Zong is a Professor at the Computer Science department at Texas State University. Together, they discuss how software can have deleterious impacts on the environment through wasteful and inefficient design and use, the energy costs of sophisticated hardware, and why businesses have yet to fully acknowledge and respond to the challenge of greening IT. As companies look to the metaverse as a new era of the digital revolution, promising ever-increasing computing intensity, it’s crucial to get green software principles embedded. Navveen and Zilliang explore the influential role of CIOs in driving change, and best practices like green-by-design approaches, an IT decarbonisation plan and using software to lower overall commercial power use, especially through tools like AI. They also discuss the work of the Green Software Foundation in introducing standards, benchmarks and performance specifications to help green software development to scale.
    To read more about some of the topics discussed in this episode, please click on the following links: Measuring sustainability. Creating value In this 2022 report, Accenture drew the following conclusions around sustainability measurement Uniting Technology and Sustainability This 2022 study, drawing from a survey of 560 companies with over one billion dollars in revenue, shows how companies with more comprehensive sustainable tech strategies are performing better across the board and presents three key ingredients for success.

    • 29 min
    Green metrics: Are we measuring sustainability right?

    Green metrics: Are we measuring sustainability right?

    This month, Adam Green speaks to a couple of Accenture’s most experienced leaders when it comes to measuring sustainability. Series regular, Sanjay Podder, Global Lead of Technology Sustainability Innovation, is back, and he's joined by Ambrose Shannon, Accenture's Global ESG Measurement and Analytics Lead. Together, they discuss why measuring ESG matters, what tools and technologies are available to companies to measure the reams of sustainability-related data available to them, and ask, just why do businesses struggle so much to measure something they know to be so important? Ambrose tackles the talent question: Do I need to turn my finance folks into climate scientists, or do we need to employ some climate scientists and have them become my corporate finance team? And Sanjay looks at the role of the CFO, and the entire C-suite, in holistically investing in the right technology to track, measure and report on sustainability.

    To read more about some of the topics discussed in this episode, please click on the following links:
    Measuring sustainability. Creating value In this 2022 report, Accenture drew the following conclusions around sustainability measurement
    Uniting Technology and Sustainability This 2022 study, drawing from a survey of 560 companies with over one billion dollars in revenue, shows how companies with more comprehensive sustainable tech strategies are performing better across the board and presents three key ingredients for success.

    • 25 min
    Can corporations show climate leadership?

    Can corporations show climate leadership?

    In this episode, Adam Green is joined by two of Accenture's foremost experts in sustainability, Sanjay Podder, Global Lead of Technology Sustainability Innovation and Wytse Kaastre, Senior Managing Director, Sustainability Services Europe Lead & Utilities Europe Industry Lead, to discuss the climate emergency, the response by business leaders, and the role that technology can play in the private sector in mitigating and even reducing the creeping rise of global temperatures.
    We discuss how and where business leaders are focusing their efforts to tackle climate change, what distinguishes the leaders and the laggards, and the various applications that technology can play. Accenture's "Climate Leadership in the Eleventh Hour" report throws up some surprising—both positive and negative—results, and we identify just what is the biggest challenge for CEOs when it comes to transition?

    Read more about some of the topics discussed in this episode: Climate Leadership in the Eleventh Hour: The 2021 United Nations Global Compact–Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability

    • 27 min

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