The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has just released its first annual survey on how top business executives both view and utilize seven technology innovations: blockchain, sensors, data analytics, mobile ubiquity, dematerialization, automation, and sharing technologies.
The results are encouraging. EDF’s findings have revealed that despite policy setbacks at the U.S. federal level, 70 percent of the over 500 respondents said their companies are investing in technologies that could help solve today’s most pressing environmental challenges. “As you know, every day companies are making sustainability and climate commitments, but this survey shows that many top companies are actually taking action,” said an EDF spokesperson.
Here are five examples of how these innovations have been implemented across various industries.
Walmart, Unilever, and Nestle are among large companies working with IBM to identify blockchain applications for global food supply chains. The technology could help to secure supply chain records for commodities such as chicken, chocolate and bananas. The upside for the environment is less food waste and emissions – and for business, a boost in supply chain efficiencies and more assurances of food safety.
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Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He is also the Director of Social Media and Engagement for 3BL Media. His previous work can be found at The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. Kaye is based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.