As the imperative of environmental protection and climate action picks up steam for C-suites and national governments, so has another harsh truth: its complexity.
Presently, more than 50% of the world’s GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services. Simply put, nature is a key component of the global economy, and any action taken will have negative consequences for societies and economies. Solutions are neither simple nor straightforward.
With this in mind, we see three critical areas where collaborative, global action can make a difference:
Accelerating net-zero journeys
By 2030, NTT DATA aims not only to achieve net zero emissions but also to power our data centres entirely with renewable energy. Our environmental strategy addresses both carbon and water usage concerns, particularly considering the demands of AI infrastructure. AI systems require extensive cooling, which traditionally consumes a significant amount of water.
To tackle this, we’re focusing not only on renewable energy but also on innovative cooling techniques, such as liquid immersion cooling and direct chip cooling, helping to reduce our energy and water footprints. In FY22, we successfully reduced our total emissions by an impressive 21%. This resulted in the saving of over 1.6 million tonnes of carbon.
With the global fight against climate change gathering urgency, heavy industries are also adopting innovative approaches to reduce their emissions. The aviation industry is one such example. By structuring its decarbonization efforts around the concept of airports as energy hubs rather than transportation hubs alone, industry participants are opening opportunities for economic growth, green job creation and more efficient supply chain management.
In parallel, electrification and automation can mitigate airport pollution by handling processes including aircraft pushback and taxiing, baggage handling and passenger transportation. Meanwhile, deploying 5G-enabled smart infrastructure supports renewable energy integration, optimal traffic and energy management and predictive maintenance for power systems.
In the field of transportation and logistics, meanwhile, smart grid technology and IoT-powered analytics is driving reduced environmental impact by enhancing visibility and control of the entire network. As a result, industry players can more effectively identify supply chain inefficiencies, improve route planning and optimize overall energy management.