Reconcile the digital and ecological transitions: FaberNovel case study

Help teams and clients to create sober digital services; design an easy-to-use tool

Investments in technologies and digital transformation has shaped economy, relationships and development in the last decades.

The average digital transformation budget has increased by 25 percent over the past year, from $11 million to $13.6 million. Companies invest in Cloud, Cybersecurity, Artificial intelligence (AI) and in Data.

While the consumption of devices, servers and softwares is increasing, the stock of natural resources needed for its fabrication, distribution or use is decreasing and the negative impacts on global commons turn out to be massive.

It becomes obvious that digital and ecological transitions must be thought simultaneously.

Investigate the current context and impacts

A computer can absorb up to 12 times its weight in oil, when it manufacturing generates more than 200kg of CO2. There are more than 60 different materials in a Smarthpone and less than 50% are designed to be recycled. Worldwide, the internet releases around 300m tonnes of CO2 a year, more than half of the fossil fuels burned in the UK.

All these negative impacts need to be embed in a global approach, and to be considered at the design stage so that the digital services, devices and systems can reduce its use of natural resources and its contamination.

Develop and encourage new habits

The ecological transition can’t be done immediatly. The journey towards sober and circular digital solutions is complex, even all with stakeholders that aren’t used to it.

That’s why we helped a company leader in digital transformation (confidential), took its first step and help its teams take into consideration resources consumption, use and waste it their future projects.

Hence, we designed checklists and maps to work on energy, resources and risks.

Apply circular economy to digital transformation

You want to design impactful digital solutions? You want the new technologies to have positive impacts on our planet?

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