Digitalisation can support movement towards a more sustainable living and community if the technologies used in the digitalisation are designed in line with suitable criteria. This requires a centric focus on the risks and benefits of digital technologies across the three dimensions of sustainable development: the environment, society, and the economy.
Technology enables measuring things, and nothing works as good for business as the data-driven decisions. In this area, quality is, at the very least, as important as quantity. Superficial data is unable to create a reliable business strategy capable of ensuring business growth. Nor the necessary optimizations essential for reaching sustainability.
Technologies like smart metering, data science, predictive analytics, and other advanced analytics make sure that data-centric applications do their job in connecting the links. Analytics and forecasting solutions help to identify both opportunities and risks, such as potential system faults, hardware failures, unexpected changes in energy demand. On the other hand, technology advances unlock chances for expanding renewable energy share in the general demand, creating new and reliable backup sources, introducing new devices into scalable systems, effective resource management, etc.
Those technologies also add great value in terms of optimizing processes and improving general efficiency performance. Lower costs, less time necessary to complete a process, limiting manual work – those are a few examples of adopting IoT, automation, and self-improving mechanisms, such as machine or deep learning algorithms capable of transforming huge data amounts into optimized processes and performance
With this technology adoption, sustainability can be achieved in places like offices and industrial units consume less energy. Processes will also take less time and work and reach the finalization faster, which results in a lesser amount of resources consumed and money saved. Instead of using fossil fuel energy, industries are provided with an energy mix enriched with a significant share of the clean energy acquired from renewable resources. With technologies like fault-tracking, monitoring, and predictive maintenance, industrial and commercial components have considerably longer life cycles, which leads to a reduced amount of waste. Not to mention that increasing energy and operation efficiency results in a limited carbon and water footprint, lower emissions, and decreased harmful effects on the environment.
Digitalisation solutions for the energy and utilities industry act as accelerators for the general efficiency increase of the end-to-end process in energy management. Better hardware and good quality material enable the performance of solar/photovoltaic panels even in areas with a minor amount of sunny days or boost the durability of windmills, reducing the number of malfunctions. With the add on of optimized software makes comprehensive process management easy and available, supporting predictive maintenance of hardware as well. All that increases the share of renewable energy in the energy mix both locally and globally thus achieving a sustainability for our future generations. High connectivity and IoT solutions can also unlock unprecedented capabilities of small energy sources based on renewables. DERs (distributed energy systems) are registering an increasingly wider appeal. Even for electric vehicles it uses this applications and operational platforms to enable the overall management of the energy flow within a local or a national grid. Other digitalisation like optimization and automation solutions are tools that support process management efficiency. Every time, work, cost, or material reduction is a gain for companies in strategic and environmental performance. With shorter processing time, industries will consume less energy. Maximizing the efficiency of the same process will limit the waste, save resources, time thus sustainability is achieved.