Ensuring environmental sustainability of emerging technologies

Photo from Unsplash by Matthew Brindle.

Photo from Unsplash by Matthew Brindle.

Phase 2 of IRGC’s ESET (Ensuring environmental sustainability of emerging technologies) project: IRGC just published a series of papers written by experts in various fields who describe what is being done in their domain towards ensuring the environmental sustainability of emerging technology outcomes.

In 2022, IRGC and invited authors produced papers about specific emerging technologies where risks to environmental sustainability may manifest when those technologies reach deployment, and about instruments or approaches that could be relevant across all domains to identify, assess and manage those risks.

Technologies and their possible applications

Approaches for ensuring that outcomes are environmentally sustainable

The goal pursued with these papers is to examine what could be done in order to prevent emerging technologies from causing unwanted adverse environmental consequences later in their deployment.