Blog: Big Tech & The Climate

Read any highly ambitious climate pledges or reduction targets lately? I’m guessing yes, given the level of attention on corporate responsibility to reduce and mitigate their climate impact. Including —and especially so— Big Tech. However, to do so, all of them must effectively (not just on paper) reduce their emissions. Are they? Here’s the tl;dr... Continue Reading →

Research: Environmental Impact of Publishing Houses

New research piece: Together with Chris Hartgerink, we look at scholarly publishing houses and their environmental impact in this guest post.TL;DR:1) We need transparent, comparable, machine-readable emissions data. We are in a Climate Emergency — there is no time to hide behind wordy (100 pages) reporting.2) Some of these research publishers are big enough to... Continue Reading →

Blog: The UK’s fight against Greenwashing. And why the Oatly case presents a conundrum.

A short while back, the UK's CMA practically declared greenwashing illegal (by reiterating consumer protection law). One of the recent cases, enforcing these guidelines, was Oatly, an oat milk consumer brand. Their ads are generally designed as advocacy campaigns that raise awareness around the climate crisis, and our dietary choices. We need more companies contributing... Continue Reading →

Essay: The promise of AI and Sustainability

The European Green Deal sets out a range of critical actions to address the climate crisis: A climate neutral continent by 2050, clean circular economy, transformations and innovation for public infrastructure, the energy sector, building efficiency and more. It also stipulates investments in “environmentally-friendly technologies” and economic growth that is decoupled from resource use. Artificial... Continue Reading →

Blog series: Part 2-4 on paths to action

After sharing my initial post in this series, which estimate the internet's environmental footprint to be in the range of 4-7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, parts 2-4 focused on what we can do to improve this impact. Part 2 looked at various environmental reports from big tech companies, such as Netflix, Facebook, and Apple... Continue Reading →

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