As smart cities begin to usher in a new era of convenience for urban dwellers, the interconnected spaces are also offering promises of better transportation and energy use. While such cities may seem like they’ve been plucked from a movie set far into the future, we are already beginning to see these developments set urban populations along an exciting path.
In this hi-tech vision, sustainability is key. Creating cities and companies that work in greater harmony with their surroundings has become the ideal for all sectors, not to mention for a growing number of individuals. And so, in 2017, an increasing number of solutions have come to the fore, enabling business owners to cut costs, while reducing the company’s impact on the environment.
Thus, the link between technology and sustainability has become crucial – symbiotic, even. New technology from Banyan, for example, enables companies to track and analyse their water usage with a greater degree of accuracy. The software ultimately allows companies to optimise their operations, utilising thousands of data points to provide invaluable insights into water-saving options.
Other companies are offering alternatives to long-standing products, which may often seem small, but collectively make a huge difference to the environment. Take AR Metallizing, a Belgian-based packaging firm that is currently present in more than 100 countries. To its numerous customers, the company offers an alternative to environmentally detrimental materials like plastic and aluminium. By replacing these harmful materials with metallised paper and paperboard, AR Metallizing is helping to reduce the use of landfills and minimise CO2 emissions. What’s more, the lighter materials help save on packaging, transportation and energy costs.