Digitization could be targets for nearly half of Climate

Bitkom-study to CO2Savings Digitization could be targets for nearly half of Climate

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With the digitalisation of more climate protection: A recent Bitkom study shows that in Germany up to 2030 up to 120 mega-tonnes of CO2 could save, if in different areas increasingly on digital technologies.

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According to a Bitkom study, can be part through the use of digital technologies by 2030, up to 120 mega-tonnes of CO2, if in different areas increasingly on digital technologies.
According to a Bitkom study, can be part through the use of digital technologies by 2030, up to 120 mega-tonnes of CO2, if in different areas increasingly on digital technologies.

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By 2030, Germany has set itself as a climate goal, the emission of CO2 in order to reduce 262 megatons. In the year 2019, the CO was2Emissions at 805 mega tonnes by 2030, it should amount to only 543 mega tons. It can contribute, according to a Bitkom study, digital technologies, almost half of the savings. The Bitkom-study of environmental and digitization experts from Accenture carried out.

In the study, a total of seven examines the areas of application for digital technologies, in which a particularly large CO2-Savings effect can be achieved. The first four areas of application presented by Bitkom now. These are the areas of industrial manufacturing, mobility, buildings, as well as work & Business. Until the spring of 2021 agriculture, energy and health consequences.

The largest CO2-Savings potential in the industrial production

In industrial production, the largest CO2 could be saved-share.
In industrial production, the largest CO2 could be saved-share.

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In the area of industrial manufacturing, digital technologies develop the largest CO2-Savings potential among the considered areas of application: Up to 61 mega tonnes of CO2 can be saved at an accelerated digitization by 2030, and 35 mega tonnes of it in a fashion digitisation pace.

Relevant technology, the automation of production, equipment and machinery, work pieces and their components are connected to each other and processes independently, with the lowest possible use of materials and energy drain is. On the other, the so-called Digital twin provides significant CO2-Savings: These are the virtual images of the complete production and operating cycles, it is possible that the method will be first tested on the digital instead of the real object – as massive Material, energy, and resources can be saved.

Intelligent traffic control provides considerable data

Up to 28 mega tonnes of CO2 in the case of accelerated digitization, and 17 mega-tonnes of CO2 in the case of a mode digitization rates of up to 2030 in this area can be saved. A significant lever here is an intelligent traffic control, for example, there are Sensors on the road or supply GPS systems in the cars data, with which traffic lights are switched on, the traffic flows are redirected or public transport can be strengthened.

On the other, with great potential in a smart logistics, which avoids empty journeys and freight routes optimized. Also, the Sharing of Mobility, which includes not just Car Sharing, but Ride Sharing, in which several passengers share a similar goal in the direction of a vehicle, can provide for a more efficient and resource-conserving mobility.

Smart Home technologies can save up to 16 mega tonnes of CO2 a

A home, the radiator will automatically shut down when a window is opened or the light clears, when the residents go to work: Smart Home technologies will help many people to save energy. Even in large office and commercial complex digital solutions are used, the heating, ventilation or air-conditioning depending on the weather conditions or the number of present employees automatically rules. Smart Homes and intelligent, networked buildings can at a fashion spread of appropriate technologies, by 2030, rates of around 16 mega tonnes of CO2 save. Up to 19 mega-tons of it, if the dissemination of smart technologies to progress faster.

Of the house contribute to climate protection

Work at home instead of going to the office commute: Every day in the home office can make a measurable contribution to climate protection. 2019 have only worked for 12 percent of the working population in Germany, with an average of two days per week in a home office. In the case of a moderate development of this value in the year 2030, 48 percent and 55 percent for an accelerated digitization of office work. Also, the replacement of business travel by video conferencing, as well as a reduction of office space fall into the weight. Between 10 and 12 mega-tonnes of CO2 could be by 2030, saved.

The CO2-footprint of the digitization

The Bitkom-study has not only investigated the potential of digitisation, but also the CO2-emissions caused by the technologies themselves. Because the manufacture and operation of devices, such as Smartphones, tablet computers or CO2 emissions. Under the condition, that the digitization at a moderate pace progresses, each year, only 16 mega tonnes of CO2. In the case of the accelerated digitization, there are 22 mega tons, are ejected. Conclusion of the study: The CO2-savings potential of the digital technologies is about five Times higher than their own emissions.

30 percent CO2-Savings in the case of moderate development

Digitization has cut a large Potential, the CO2-emissions significantly.
Digitization has cut a large Potential, the CO2-emissions significantly.

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What is crucial is the speed with which the use of digitalisation in the coming decade will be driven forward. The study estimated the CO2-Savings potential of the considered four areas at a more moderate development of the digitization, as is taking place currently in Germany, about 78 mega tonnes by 2030 – 30 percent of the necessary CO2Savings. With an accelerated and targeted digitisation of the reduction with the above-mentioned 120 mega-tonnes of CO2 larger and amounts to 46 percent of the necessary savings.

This article first appeared on our partner portal Electrical engineering.

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