How technology can make businesses more sustainable

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Customers around the world are looking to buy products from more sustainable businesses, but not all businesses have made enough of an effort to change the way they run. Thanks to technology, it’s much easier to be sustainable than ever before – the trick is knowing which solutions to invest in. Every business will need something slightly different, but this list is a great place to begin and shows how technology could continue to drive sustainable change in the world.

Energy management and analytics tools

There are more and more tools available to businesses looking to manage their energy usage more effectively. For businesses managing different types of energy, an ETRM system could really come in handy. The definition of ETRM is energy trading risk management and it’s a type of software that makes trading both the financial and physical aspects of energy much simpler.

Other businesses may prefer to use analytics tools to get a better understanding of how they’re using energy, or how that energy could be impacting the planet. Some software may have forecasting capabilities, allowing business owners to see what kind of an impact their renewable endeavours could have on the world. 

Accessible renewable energy and storage solutions

Many businesses no longer have to rely on energy suppliers to provide them with the power they need. Thanks to technology, solar panels are readily available for both individuals and businesses to purchase and use. Not only will this make businesses more sustainable, but it can also save them money, making it an attractive solution all-round.

Technology has gone one step further, however, and now allows businesses to store this renewable energy they create. This is thanks to new battery systems that can store even more energy without creating too much waste. In the past, many battery systems couldn’t hold onto renewable energy, but that’s no longer the case.

Electric vehicles

Electric cars and vans are becoming increasingly popular, with many businesses opting to upgrade their fleets of vehicles from traditional petrol engines. In some situations, this also helps with costs, especially if the business produces its own solar power. In other situations, it’s purely to better the environment, especially if the business in question has a lot of cars that travel many miles. 

Technology is increasingly making it easier and more accessible for businesses to invest in electric vehicles, which can be seen in the developments that have occurred over the years. Electric cars can now travel further without needing to be charged and charging points are becoming more plentiful in public places. These are both changes that will make more businesses interested in greener alternatives.

Technology doesn’t always get the best reputation when it comes to sustainability. After all, creating new technological products generates waste and uses energy, but it’s undeniable that many sustainable initiatives would be impossible without the right tech. Technology is just a part of life now and it’s not going anywhere, so the more sustainable it can be, the better.

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