#66 | Digital Carbon Footprint & How to Measure It. Interview with Frank Meehan from Equilibrium World

Today, we’re joined by Frank Meehan to discuss the importance of using digital measuring tools and reporting as ways to quantify and share the results of economic activities and sustainability efforts.

We’ll see how data empowers anything from climate change mitigation to food security, and supply chain transformations. In the same time, we explore hidden truths behind our ever-growing digital footprint, placing data centres and blockchain systems under scrutiny.

Frank answers our listeners’ most arduous questions and further brings light into how tech companies and users can reduce the collective carbon footprint.

Tune in and enjoy this forward-looking episode!

What you’ll learn: 

  • Why sustainability and climate reporting are increasingly important;
  • What carbon footprint is generated through our use of digital technologies;
  • How quantifiable solutions can help companies drive efficiency and positive planet impact.

Books & other resources mentioned:

Equilibrium: https://www.eqm.world/our-story

SparkLabs: http://www.sparklabs.co

Quotes of the guest:

We’re on a mission to build and invest in solutions that fix our planet and particularly help businesses manage their impact on the planet.

I’m not a big fan of the carbon offset because you’re not fixing the problem. You should be reducing the output.

Companies come to us and look at our solutions for helping them automate their workflows.

Firstly, just tell me where I am. And then, there is a great auto-reporting tool, which helps you create reports with the data. It makes the gathering and managing and reporting of the data very easy.

The second part of the problem is the goal-setting – hitting your goals. There are lots of platforms out there that help you figure out where you are. But the really complex thing is how to model it, scenario plan it, and predict what is the most efficient method over the next eight to ten years of hitting your target.

That’s what I think is the most important thing – hit your targets.

One piece of advice: 

What can we do to improve our carbon footprint at home? Think about your usage of digital technologies.

We don’t see it, but behind our convenient use of email, blockchain, and other software, there are numerous engines and algorithms processing data.

This uses up energy – a lot of it. It then comes down to what type of energy we use? If it’s green, clean energy, then the carbon footprint we’ll be considerably lower. Look up to those companies that are switching to clean energy sources.

In some parts of the world, you can already go completely green. It can be as easy as changing your energy provider or choosing companies that rely on green energy to power their technologies.