Sep 22, 2020 (IAM Newswire via COMTEX) -- The rapid adoption of digital care solutions during the pandemic is here to stay beyond this unprecedented year. Business leaders are looking beyond 2020 to use technology advancements to become better prepared for the next existential treat. As a result, tech firms are going beyond their usual aspirations as they attempt to go beyond existing practices and limitations.
The last decade has seen an exponential rise in the use of technology smart homes and energy efficiency yet this was not mirrored in healthcare. It took for COVID-19 to illustrate why this has to change as tech saved the day be enabling telehealth, telecare and telemedicine.
Technology connects people, empowers people to manage their own health and wellbeing, work better and live better by integrating our systems. Big Tech was served as our lifeboat during the lockdown. Can it save the planet is an entirely different question, but it is investing considerable effort to make it better.
Last week, Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.31% named the first recipients of capital from a $2 billion venture fund called The Climate Pledge Fund which debuted in June. The goal is to develop climate friendly technologies across all industries so along with Amazon, they can together achieve “net zero” carbon emissions by 2040. This is one decade sooner than Paris Agreement's deadline. More precisely, Amazon plans to power its facilities and operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030 as well as electrify its fleet with 100,000 electric delivery vans it ordered from Rivian.
Meanwhile, Google /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +1.39% announced last week that it intends to run all of its data centers and corporate campuses around the world on 100% carbon-free power by 2030.
On September 15, Facebook /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB +2.36% pledged to slash greenhouse gases and purchase enough renewable energy and offsets to cancel out carbon dioxide emissions from its global operations this year.
Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.32% announced in July that it intended to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030.
Back in January, Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.20% pledged to cut its carbon emissions by 2050. This pledge includes all directly emitted carbon as well as indirect through electrical consumption. For this purpose, Microsoft is partnering with no other than BP p.l.c. /zigman2/quotes/207305210/composite BP +0.75% who will supply renewable energy for the tech giant as the oil giant evolves away from oil.
But, during the pandemic, there were many smaller players that played just as important roles in helping companies operate throughout the storm.
One such company is Datadog, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/214127379/composite DDOG -2.75% . The monitoring cloud-based platform announced it is integrating with ServiceNow Service Graph Connector Program. Their customers will be provided an opportunity to better manage the health of their digital infrastructure and offered services. Moreover, it will equip them to better understand their overall business context.
There certainly isn't a lack of commitments we are seeing from large corporations. The pandemic has redefined corporate imaging efforts as action needed to be taken and as soon as possible. Of course, it is also up to the government to support the digital infrastructure for technology to can truly enhance the way the world operates.
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