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Is our dependence on technology sustainable?


Is our dependence on technology sustainable?
in partnership with Huawei

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

A typical data centre uses electricity equal to the needs of 13,000 homes and consumes 160 million gallons of water per year. Every day, more rare minerals are mined for our phones and computers. Add in pollution, waste and carbon emissions and it’s clear technology has an environmental case to answer. But at the same time, technological innovations are being used to safeguard endangered species, monitor forest fires, make sustainable aviation fuel and create low-carbon concrete. In the US and Europe, venture capitalists are pouring money into clean tech – with the promise that technology might solve the climate crisis. Is technology an environmental saviour – or a threat? 

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Alastair Marke
Director-General, Blockchain and Climate Institute

Chris Goodall
Businessman, author and energy expert

Henk Koopmans
Chief Executive Officer at Huawei Technologies Research & Development