Tech leaders are trying to accommodate rapidly increasing processing power while reducing environmental impact: 70% believe there is a conflict between their organization’s need for ever-increasing computing power and the need to make their IT function more sustainable. But while technology is part of the sustainability problem, it is also a critical part of the solution, with the tech-positive promise of digital transformation powering decarbonization.

For business leaders, technology plays a paradoxical role in the sustainability agenda. Global computing is inarguably a significant contributor to carbon emissions and e-waste. But technology also holds the key to the solution. It’s in how we meet the ever-rising demand for computing performance in a sustainable way. It’s also, and more importantly, in how we use technology to sustainably transform entire organizations and business models to deliver a cleaner, greener, nature-positive future.

In a global study, discover how enterprise leaders are approaching the interconnected challenges of sustainability and radical digital transformation. We also looked at the actions they must take to accelerate progress, as well as the barriers that stand in their way.

The Sustainable CTO is a new model of tech leader who can deploy technology to build an organization that is fairer, greener, and smarter. CTOs have the vision and the appetite to step into this role: 79% of senior IT leaders aspire to become sustainability leaders in their organizations. Importantly, they also have a mandate from the rest of the C-suite: 82% of CEOs and CSOs believe that the CTO’s role is pivotal to a successful transition

The top 4 success factors for the CTO’s sustainability roadmap:

  1.  Build skills to understand where to optimize
  2. Get buy-in from the wider business
  3. Understand the data and optimize existing infrastructure
  4. Plan for solution and software innovation

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