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Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems

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A digital revolution is sweeping the global energy sector. As energy industries produce ever more data, firms are harnessing greater computing power, advances in data science, and increased digital connectivity to exploit that data. These trends have the potential to transform the way energy is produced, transported, and consumed.
An important potential benefit of this digital transformation of energy is a reduction in global emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change; the elimination of such emissions from the global economy is known as decarbonization. By enabling clean energy systems that rely on low-carbon energy sources and are highly efficient in using energy, digital innovations in the energy sector can speed decarbonization. Yet they are not guaranteed to do so. In fact, digital innovations could well increase global greenhouse emissions, for example, by making it easier to extract fossil fuels.
Digital globalization, Digital Transformation, Digital Decarbonization, Low Carbon Economy, Low-Carbon Technologies, Energy Demand
Country of publication: 
United States
Publication date: 
Monday, June 18, 2018
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