For decades now, the society collectively has pondered on one of the biggest questions of modern civilization – can we save our environment with technology? Or is this destined to be a losing race against time?
A study conducted back in 2016 showed that at least 140 million people in India were inhaling air at least 10 times over the WHO safe limit. 13 of 20 cities in the world with the highest yearly levels of air pollution were in India. Clearly, this crisis has arisen from our dependence on tech, but there’s no denying that it is here where we’ll find our solution too.
It’s why we’ve seen such interest, growth, and hype around sustainable technologies. Many businesses and self-driven individuals have already begun to tackle global climate change and ecological crises with this method. At Bar Code India, we’re happy to be pioneers in this space as well.
We at Bar Code India (BCI) envision to provide digital strategies and solutions to our customers for sustainability that takes at hand energy efficiency, resilience, and process efficiency together, while also keeping sure that all of the necessary environmental precautions and steps have been taken properly.
Before we dive into our journey with sustainable technology, let’s revisit some of its fundamentals and why it’s so important for us.
What is Sustainable Technology?
Source: BDC Magazine
Sustainable technology refers to the use of innovative technologies to help reduce ecological and environmental risks and to create and foster sustainable economic and social development.
It encompasses three main principles:
- Prevention – The use of sustainable technologies is to help prevent contamination, deterioration, and other harmful ecological impacts through its wide use and production.
- Substitution – The technology used enables us to shift from non-biodegradable to degradable materials through substitution and production. It also helps us to replace non-renewable resources with renewable ones.
- Efficiency – The use of such technology helps improve efficiency in terms of using less energy, resources and relying more on radically improved means of production and usage.
How the use of Technology impacts our environment for the better
Within the next 20 years, global population is expected to increase to 9 billion, only adding to the current energy consumption and global environmental crises. To combat this, we as people, industry, and society need to become environmentally cautious and shift from carbon dependence towards renewable and green energy sources.
Technologies adopted across industries can indirectly have huge impacts on the environment. Let’s see how little changes can make a big difference.
1. Technology helps you reduce wastage
Whether through digitization, through effective communication between various workers, clients, businesses, production factories, or perhaps the fact that automation can lead to optimized usage of assets and resources, technology can have an immeasurable and magical effect.
Sustainable technologies like IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Advanced Tracking Systems, etc. enable individuals, governments, and businesses to increase their efficiency and productivity dramatically and grow their scale exponentially while maintaining the sanctity of the environment and the health of workers.
Digitization also means eliminating manual records and the extensive use of paper. It can increase operational efficiency, it will enable complete visibility and tracking for all plans and processes.
2. Innovation with technology could mean optimization
How do you improve the optimization of processes and automate them effectively? Using sustainable technologies like Enterprise WLAN, AI, Machine Vision, Automated labeling, and many more.
Millions of transformations and innovations over the years has brought us here. These technologies optimize processes, plans, manpower utilization, asset usage and ensure lower depreciation. This means a company can successfully automate and deliver excellent customer service whilst conserving the environment we live and work in.
A great example of such execution would be the optimization of operational costs by NTF India, a leading manufacturer, developer, and supplier of engineering plastic and composite materials. They were looking for an optimal traceability solution to provide complete control and visibility of item movement and data in real-time. Bar Code India’s mobivue warehouse management system allowed them to comfortably handle complex inventory and visibility issues through accurate operational data with the use of mobility devices in the warehouse.
3. Technology adds agility that help achieve sustainability
Sustainability is the capacity to endure in a relatively ongoing way across various domains of life. In the 21st century, it refers generally to the capacity for Earth’s biosphere and human civilization to co-exist. (Wikipedia) Technology is crucial to this co-existence, and it’s not difficult to see how.
Tech enables agility, and innovations impact organizational sustainability goals. An agile organization will be able to adapt quickly to internal and external changes, it will be able to scale up and meet customer demands, it will be able to stand through the test of time and lead the change coming.
48% of businesses currently use sustainable technology to increase production and innovation. Also, long-term investors are more likely to work with businesses that have great ESG scores. With sustainable technology in their arsenal, businesses can become more desirable to investors and workers.
For instance, IoT can help companies track and develop the lifecycle of their products. Businesses rely on Big Data, IoT, and AI to attain more insight into their customers, which helps them to market their products more effectively. Such technologies can also be used for achieving and maintaining optimum environmental sustainability.
At Bar Code, it is these principles we align with for all actions in our operations. We believe it’s key to creating the sustainable environment we desire. Simultaneously, we also believe in creating value for our customers and patrons, and that technology can be supremely advantageous if it is deployed in smart ways such as creating a sustainable environment.
We have been working in the field of safe disposal of electronic waste and have partnered with 3R Recycler, India’s leading electronic asset management and disposal company to abide by the e-waste management and handling rules in delivering environmentally sound and sustainable supervision of end of life electronics. It’s not just about saving and preserving the environment but making our future sustainable, responsibly profitable, and socially conscious at the same time.
We look forward to leveraging IoT, Machine Vision, Barcoding, Enterprise WLAN, and several other technologies to help our clients in every step of their way towards creating a sustainable future.
At the end of the day, Bar Code India (BCI) is pioneering several firsts while keeping sustainability and other environmentally sound outcomes in mind. In other words, we’re saving the planet while also helping meet bottom lines. As long as we keep innovating and exploring our boundaries for gaining a beneficial future with a place for our Planet Earth, we’ll keep improving no matter what.