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Open sustainability: moving away from technocentric and carbon centric approaches

by Dr Gabrielle Samuel   I recently published a paper with two PARIS-DE colleagues that reflected on the practices and perspectives of those stakeholders working on the environmental sustainability of digital technologies. This research was part of a small award that myself and Dr Federica Lucivero received from the British Academy. The aim of the …

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Intern opportunity – PARIS-DE: Design Principles and Responsible Innovation for a Sustainable Digital Economy

We are offering a paid internship opportunity to work on an exciting new EPSRC-funded project, “Design Principles and Responsible Innovation for a Sustainable Digital Economy (PARIS-DE)”, funded under their Sustainable Digital Society call. The PARIS-DE project is ensuring that the carbon emissions associated with digital technologies are aligned with the Paris Agreement of limiting global …

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Reflecting on the environmental impacts of the Chips Act

In response to supply chain precarity and a global shortfall in semiconductors, the European Commission recently introduced a digital sovereignty act known as the European Chips Act (see also the US predecessor, the CHIPS for America Act, or US Chips Act, and the newly proposed FABS Act). The Commission proclaims that this policy will “bolster …

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The new IPCC report calls for urgent action in adapting and mitigating climate change

The new IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report reinforces the importance of research projects such as PARIS-DE in contributing to a more sustainable world and mitigating the effects of climate change. PARIS-DE is particularly focuses on digital technology, ensuring its responsible innovation and creating reductions in the carbon emissions associated with the digital sector. The …

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The new PARIS-DE website and the goals of the project

Carbon emissions from digital technology are large and steadily increasing. It is estimated that emissions from this sector are currently between 2.1-3.9% of the global carbon footprint, and it is expected that these figures will continue to increase as technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and video streaming become more widely used. However, some …

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