The green revolution: How information technology is combating waste and optimizing efficiency in industries

The green revolution: How information technology is combating waste and optimizing efficiency in industries

In a world where resources are increasingly scarce and environmental impact is a constant concern, the search for sustainable solutions has become a pressing need. Fortunately, information technology (IT) is emerging as a powerful tool to reduce waste and improve efficiency in various industries, driving a true green revolution in several sectors:

From production to distribution, IT is changing supply chain management, enabling greater visibility and control over the flow of materials and products, thanks to the use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and supply chain management (SCM) software, allowing companies to optimize inventories, reduce waste of perishable goods and minimize logistics costs.

A sector highly criticized for its high environmental impact is the agricultural industry, and thanks to IT it is adopting technology to improve sustainability, such as smart sensors and IoT (Internet of Things) monitoring systems offering farmers to optimize the use of valuable resources such as water, effectively control fertilizers and pesticides, significantly reduce waste and environmental impact, among others. This new agriculture is known as precision agriculture, which is nothing more than a management guided by data and analysis, which seeks to transform agricultural practices, increase productivity and minimize damage to the ecosystem, in an effective way.

One figure that IT is helping to reduce is the waste of food produced worldwide; it is estimated that one third of this production is considered waste, due to factors such as poor management during the chain or overproduction of some food. Thanks to IT, there are digital platforms that connect surplus food producers with potential buyers, reducing waste in the supply chain. End consumers have mobile applications that allow them to buy food at reduced prices close to their location, preventing perishable products from ending up in landfills and generating greenhouse gases.

IT is not only improving efficiency in existing industries but is also opening the door to new sustainable solutions, such as the 3D printing sector, which now has tools to optimize the manufacture of customized products with less material waste, while artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to develop new renewable energy sources and optimize waste management.

The IT-driven green revolution is transforming the way we operate industries, improving efficiency and creating a more sustainable future for all. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more innovations that will enable us to protect our planet and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.

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02 de Julio, 2024