Urgent action is needed to address the global climate emergency. The World Economic Forum describes the digital technology sector as, “the world’s most powerful influencer to accelerate action” on climate change, estimating that digital solutions could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030. The potential for optimization and efficiency is tantalizing. But digital technology is not a silver bullet: it, too, has a carbon cost.
Decarbonizing compute is a key part of Arm’s strategy for providing an efficient, low-carbon foundation for digital innovation – even as we work to close the digital divide and connect everyone, everywhere. We want to maximize performance per watt, empowering our ecosystem to drive down energy consumption and help reduce carbon emissions.
Today, we’ve published Decarbonizing Compute: How the Arm Ecosystem Is Laying the Foundation for a Net-Zero Emissions Future, which outlines our approach and shows how our partners are already leveraging Arm IP to unlock efficiencies and reduce energy consumption.Click to read Decarbonizing Compute
The report draws on How Digital Technologies Are the Key to Reducing Emissions, a recent white paper from 451/S&P Global Intelligence, commissioned by Arm, exploring how leveraging digital technology in four sectors—energy and utilities, buildings, data centers, and transportation—will have a major impact on emission reductions.
- Smart control of energy networks can manage peaks and troughs in renewable energy supply and consumer demand
- AI, IoT, and cloud and edge services can precisely monitor energy-consuming fixtures to reduce emissions created by homes and commercial buildings
- Hyperscale cloud providers can shift data center workloads to regions with cleaner, cheaper power while minimizing performance impacts
- Electric vehicles’ data sharing can help drivers and transportation entities reduce the emissions, energy consumption, and lost time caused by traffic congestion
As we approach 2030, the year targeted for global net-zero carbon, digital technologies must bring environmental or societal benefits that outweigh their own emissions. Low-carbon processing will become increasingly important, as a key lever both in decarbonizing individual footprints, and meeting global targets.