Using 4IR Tech To Tackle Climate Change In ASEAN
Following the ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement and COP26 in Glasgow, a new advanced technology framework to help tackle climate issues needs to be more developed. The Glasgow Climate Pact emphasizes the urgency of scaling up action and support, including finance, capacity-building, and technology transfer to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change events.
Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, expressed that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies played a significant role in cutting world emissions. Fostering innovative climate technology is proven to be one of the keys to slowing the impacts of climate change, especially in the Southeast Asia region. Innovative climate technologies are critical for global response; hence, they need to be deployed as an integral part of each ASEAN Member States (AMS) climate plan.
As one of the most advanced technologies, 4IR technologies have become a pivotal part of future sustainability. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), 4IR as the digital revolution is defined by a convergence of technology that blurs the distinctions between the physical, digital, and biological realms. Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT, big data, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D and 4D printing are becoming essential and familiar elements in today’s human activities.
Climate change mitigation efforts require the utilisation of new and emerging technologies. The 4IR technologies can accelerate ASEAN’s actions to support the global net-zero emissions target by 2050. For instance, advanced 3D printing helps reduce carbon emissions in industrial manufacturing by facilitating localised production, reducing the need to transport.
In addition, the roles of AI technologies can improve energy efficiency by incorporating data from smart meters to estimate the energy demand.
Fostering innovative climate technology is proven to be one of the keys to slowing the impacts of climate change.
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