Green is the company's new favorite color. Most would like to work and produce things more sustainably which is why sustainability is one of the top priorities for 2023. But it's not so easy to guide and accelerate the complex process towards greater sustainability. One thing is clear: future-proof sustainability management requires a new way to handle data.
With current, managed, and interlinked data, companies can create transparency – this allows the detection of patterns and deviations at an early stage and the automation of recommended procedures as well as predictions and actions. Using this as a basis, companies can take the final step from regressive sustainability reporting to forward-looking sustainability management. Unfortunately, many companies don't know what information they need to collate, where they can find it, and how they can merge the data in the most efficient way. Consistently thought through to the end, it begs the question of how the increasingly large data quantity can be tackled in the most automated way.
Sometimes we can see things better from a distance: Satellites have been collecting data about our Earth in space for decades, giving us global and continuous environmental monitoring. Based on this information, we recognize how ecosystems change, where forests are dying off, or oceans are drowning in plastic waste. A consortium led by T-Systems is now providing the European Space Agency's Copernicus program access to this digital Earth monitoring data. This involves several petabytes of information. So that you can get an idea of the size: the information contained within all academic research libraries in the USA equates to two petabytes. This quantity of data is of course too big for us humans to evaluate. We can only get a handle on this with digitalization and automation – and this doesn't just apply to data from space.
At the moment it looks like we – my generation – will not be able to leave the planet to you in the best condition ... I really hope that we can still get our act together and improve a few things for you. I would also hope that we will not be remembered by you as the generation who have egotistically and recklessly destroyed your livelihoods ... This fragile spaceship we call Earth is much smaller than most people can imagine."
Alexander Gerst, geophysicist and astronaut in his “Message to my grandchildren”