Comprehensive digitization in mobility and transport, industrial manufacturing and buildings can contribute almost half to meeting Germany’s climate targets, according to an Accenture study. "Up to 120 megatons of carbon dioxide can be saved by 2030 in a best-case scenario", said Achim Berg, president of the digital association Bitkom, which commissioned the study.
This corresponds to almost every second ton of what Germany still has to save in order to achieve the climate targets it has set itself. "The faster and more consistently digital technologies are deployed, the more CO2 we can save in the future", Berg said according to the press release. With the Paris climate protection agreement, Germany committed itself in 2015 to achieving certain climate targets and introducing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, CO2 emissions were still at 805 megatons. In 2030, this may only amount to 543 megatons.
Speed of digitization crucial
The study examines a total of seven application areas for digital technologies in which a particularly large CO2 savings effect can be achieved. The results now presented relate to four areas, namely industrial manufacturing, mobility, buildings and labor Business. Agriculture, energy and health will follow by spring 2021.