The digital age has great potential for sustainability. Not only does it support the economy while embracing a greener planet, but it also increases resource efficiency and reduces waste, as Josephine Tan writes more.
Digitalisation opens the door to a more sustainable business model, declared Eric Lai, regional managing director, industry – Asia-Pacific and country director for Singapore, Grundfos.
He told Water & Wastewater Asia: “For businesses, it is becoming increasingly important to realise that we are in a transition journey into the digital era, especially when it comes to operating sustainably. This trend brings forth the opportunities for partnerships to bring the extensions beyond achieving sustainability goals. Separately, there is also Industry 4.0 and the trend on smart factories, where automation and data exchange can help create productivity gain.
“At Grundfos, we have developed digital and intelligent technologies that have the capability to align productivity and sustainability for the industry.”
Getting the circulation going
Last February, the Singapore government unveiled the Singapore Green Plan 2030, a whole-of-nation movement to advance the republic’s national agenda on sustainable development. The Green plan charts ambitious and concrete targets over the next 10 years, strengthening the country’s commitments under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and Paris Agreement, and positioning the republic to achieve its long-term net-zero emissions aspirations as soon as viable.
Lai said: “We reflect on the green ambitions that the Singapore government has put up in the Singapore Green Plan 2030. This is important, especially with water conservation and resilience among some of its top priorities.
“In terms of the next milestone, the path towards a more sustainable planet is to embed our solutions into a circular economy globally. This is very crucial especially when the world population is growing rapidly towards 9.7 billion by 2050, the demand for resources will be even more, and therefore the importance of producing less with more is key going into the future.”
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