Study: Networked buildings and devices are half the battle when it comes to climate protection


It is already well known that digital technologies hold huge potential for climate protection. A recent study by the digital association bitkom expresses this potential in concrete figures. The targeted and accelerated use of digital solutions can reduce CO2 emissions in Germany by almost half within ten years.

Digitization as a major opportunity to combat climate change

The study examined a total of seven sectors in which digital technologies can be applied and in which major savings can be made in terms of CO2 emissions. These are industrial manufacturing, mobility, energy, buildings, work & business, agriculture and health. The emissions from the digital technologies themselves, for example during manufacturing, were also included in the study.
It was concluded that the savings potential of the technologies considered is more than six times higher than their own consumption.

Potential of digital solutions in figures

In 2019, CO2 emissions from the German economy were 805 megatons. According to the climate targets, this figure should only be 543 megatons in 2030, a total of 262 less than two years ago. If the progress of digitization remains at its current moderate pace, around 102 megatons of CO2 could be reduced, which corresponds to approximately ⅓ of the necessary savings. With targeted and accelerated digitization, the reduction is a full 151 megatons, or 58 percent of the climate targets set.

Major savings potential in the "Buildings" and "Work & Business" sectors

The heating is automatically turned down as soon as a window is opened or the residents leave the house. Taking care of your own ecological footprint can be difficult, but smart home solutions are already helping many people to reduce their CO2 consumption inside their own homes. Even in office complexes, heating and ventilation are controlled automatically. Smart homes and smart buildings can save up to 16 megatons of CO2 by 2030, even with moderate deployment. Increased home office options and replacing business travel with video conferencing can also make a major contribution to achieving the agreed climate targets.

Figure: Graphic from a contribution by the German digital association "Bitkom" showing the potential CO2 savings with moderate and rapid digitization in relation to smart homes and networked buildings.

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Source: The study "Climate effects of digitalization" was conducted by environmental and digitalization experts from Accenture. Further results and detailed information on the study can be found here.