Report highlights the potential of digital technologies to help decarbonise New Zealand

Digital technologies can help reduce more than 7 million tonnes of emissions by 2030, according to a study recently released by Spark, a New Zealand telecommunications company, in partnership with the sustainability firm thinkstep-anz.

Amid the wave of climate commitments made by countries around the world, several international studies have tried to estimate the potential of digital technologies in helping to reduce emissions, globally.

In New Zealand, the recent report published by Spark, the country’s largest telecommunications and digital services company, along with the sustainability firm thinkstep-anz, shows that the role of digital technologies in the fight against climate change goes beyond connectivity. According to the study, such technologies could enable a reduction equivalent to 42% of New Zealand’s emissions budget targets by unlocking emissions reduction opportunities in the largest emitting sectors such as transport, energy, industry, and agriculture.

The hope is that ‘by shining a light on the specific opportunities that exist by the sector, we can support decarbonisation across the economy, and ensure we harness the full potential that digital technology has to offer’, says Jolie Hodson, Spark CEO.

COUNTRY: New Zealand

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