A new study conducted by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) assessed the role which digital solutions can play in helping the world’s governments to reach the climate change reductions and environmental targets set forth in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN goals lay out a vision for the future which balances social equality, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability, however, the GeSI assessment found vast gaps between the status quo and the goals to be prevalent among all countries. As such, a summary report published by the group that conducted the study, suggests that the countries committed to the UN goals should turn to digital solutions in their efforts to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The report highlighted a variety of ways in which digital services could positively impact the lives of citizens in these countries and considerably advance the state of overall sustainability within these countries. Among the report’s highlighted impacts for 2030 are:

-          In health and welfare, 720,000 lives could be saved from road traffic accidents through the use of connected cars, connecting 1.6 billion people to e-health services would move the world considerably closer to universal health coverage,

-          Economic prosperity could be improved through the application of efficiency-improving and cost-reducing technologies, amounting to an estimated $9 trillion in benefits,

-          and contribute to 12.1 gigatons of CO2 emissions reductions per year as well as helping to decouple growth from resource consumption to considerably cut down on water and oil consumption, cutting up to 70% from today’s levels.

The report closes by imploring joint action from the world’s governments and private sector businesses, noting the need for intensive cooperation between the various actors to realize the promising potential which digital services hold.

Read the summary report.

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