The tech industry has long been focused on using renewable energy sources, especially when it comes to electric cars and batteries.
The move to electric vehicles is expected to create more jobs than the coal-fired power plant in its place.
But this year, there has been a backlash from environmental groups and a wave of negative publicity over climate change.
And this time, it’s not just environmentalists who are criticizing the industry for using dirty energy.
The tech and energy sectors have been paying close attention to the environmental impacts of their work.
“The climate change issue has been one of the biggest stories in tech for the last couple of years,” says Nick Gillespie, an analyst at consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
“They’re looking at their environmental footprint as a way to make money.
And it’s happening.”
The tech business isn’t the only industry grappling with these issues.
A report by the non-profit group, Clean Tech America, found that, in 2017, tech companies accounted for roughly one in five of all U.S. power plant emissions.
And the tech sector has been growing faster than the rest of the economy.
The report found that in the first quarter of 2018, the number of employees in the tech industry increased by 2.5 percent, and the number in manufacturing increased by 3.5 percentage points.
This is particularly alarming given that only 14.3 percent of all new jobs in the United States were created in the last three years, according to a report released earlier this year.
But while the industry is slowly becoming more responsible about its environmental footprint, it also is not the only one.
Companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are also taking steps to address their environmental footprints.
These companies, like Facebook, are also actively partnering with other industries to make sure their products are environmentally friendly.
But the issue of climate change is a bigger deal for the tech companies than they may realize.
“This is a major issue for the technology sector,” Gillespie says.
“And it is also a problem for the environment.”
The Tech Economy As tech continues to grow and change, the impact of climate-related impacts is on the rise.
There is a growing trend of companies turning to renewable energy, according for example to a study by the think tank Brookings Institution.
In 2017, Facebook made a major announcement about their plans to switch to renewable power, and they are planning to invest $2 billion in renewable energy in 2018 alone.
The same year, Amazon launched a new website, where customers can access data on the amount of power they use and the amount they generate each year.
These initiatives are helping companies like Facebook and Amazon become more eco-friendly and making a dent in the overall environmental footprint.
The shift is starting to pay off.
“Amazon has been very proactive about addressing the environmental issues and is investing in their green operations,” Gillespie notes.
“It’s an example of companies that are not just a one-time company, but a multi-year company that’s putting a lot of thought into their operations.”
Gillespie notes that these companies are also working on making sure their work is connected to the environment and their customers.
“That means they’re actually following the regulations, they’re making sure that their supply chain is connected, and their employees are taking steps,” he says.
The climate change problem is also on the minds of companies like Microsoft.
In 2018, Microsoft was among the first companies to announce a $10 million fund to address climate change issues.
It also announced a new partnership with a group called the Climate Leadership Council.
The Climate Leadership council, which has been at the forefront of climate advocacy, also plans to invest in renewable power.
“Microsoft is investing billions of dollars in clean energy,” says the group’s CEO, Adam Orth.
“We’re looking forward to continuing this work and creating opportunities to further our mission.”
The Future of Energy and the Climate Climate change is already a major part of the tech economy, and there is no reason that it shouldn’t continue to grow.
And with more companies investing in renewable technologies, there is a real chance that they will start taking action on climate change sooner rather than later.
Gillespie believes that the tech and the energy industries are starting to look at the impact they’re having on the environment with more care than other industries.
“As we get more and more companies adopting sustainable practices, they are starting their own sustainability initiatives, and this is a huge shift in the way that we think about and understand the impact that we’re having in the global economy,” Gillespie concludes.
“Technology and energy companies are increasingly taking the lead on the transition to a sustainable economy.”