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CIOs build Wiki to help tech industry inform and fight climate change – Diginomica

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Electric cars are being heralded in glossy advertising, policy debates and popular discourse as the revolution that will save the planet from climate change. The truth is electric cars still produce particulate pollution from their brakes and tyres, clog streets by parking on pavements, which puts the most vulnerable in society at risk and ultimately, an electric car is only as clean as to how the electricity used is generated. Technology share…….

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(Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay )

Electric cars are being heralded in glossy advertising, policy debates and popular discourse as the revolution that will save the planet from climate change. The truth is electric cars still produce particulate pollution from their brakes and tyres, clog streets by parking on pavements, which puts the most vulnerable in society at risk and ultimately, an electric car is only as clean as to how the electricity used is generated. Technology shares many of the same attributes as the electric car; it is seen as the way to reduce the carbon impact of an organisation; whilst it’s true that Zoom based meetings reduce the need to fly, there is still an impact – energy is used.  

Aware of both the need for technology to face up to its carbon footprint and that it can be the answer, two CIOs have begun to collate information and create a Wiki for peers in business technology leadership. The reason for developing a Wiki? Tackling climate change and understanding the carbon footprint of IT is as complex as our planet’s natural ecosystem.  

We are not the gurus; we are creating a central place.

Says CTO Avril Chester of the Tech Carbon Impact.com Wiki. The COVID-19 pandemic has, in many quarters, increased awareness of the need to take better care of our planet. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported on August 9, 2021 that global warming is out of control and the world faces climate disruption such as the wildfires in the USA, Australia and southern Europe, as well as the severe flooding in Germany for many years to come. The IPCC said human action was “unequivocally” to blame and that the current wave of extreme weather is set to become more severe.

Chester, CTO with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is amongst a number of CIOs and CTOs that are voicing their concerns about the state of the natural environment, and who honestly admit that technology is part of the problem. It may also be part of the cure.

As a Wiki more people can contribute, and we can all learn from it. We want the Wiki to be a place that is a reputable resource.

The Tech Carbon Impact.com Wiki states its aim as:

As people working in digital and technology, it can feel as if our carbon footprint is invisible. But digital technology does have a physical impact. As we know, carbon is generated by data, Google searches, video streaming, even sending emails (rather than printing documents).

Caroline Morgan, a CIO with experience in housing, the public sector and professional services, teamed up with Chester to develop the Wiki following an event for digital leaders where both realized that there …….

Source: https://diginomica.com/cios-build-wiki-help-tech-industry-inform-and-fight-climate-change