2 May 2023

Reducing your emissions in Belgium

As the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, companies across all industries are facing increasing pressure to reduce their carbon emissions. The tech industry, in particular, is energy-hungry and therefore has a significant role to play in decarbonisation efforts. However, despite the increasing focus on sustainability, many tech companies in Belgium still face significant challenges when it comes to decarbonisation legislation and requirements. We will explore some of the biggest challenges faced by tech companies in Belgium and how you can them in achieving your decarbonisation goals. 

The Challenges of Decarbonizing the Tech Industry 

The tech industry’s energy consumption is expected to increase rapidly in the coming years as demand for digital services grows. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, data centers alone could consume up to 13% of the world’s electricity by 2030. This growth is fueled by the increasing use of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

However, this growth comes with a significant environmental cost. The energy used by the tech industry is primarily generated from fossil fuels, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The carbon footprint of the tech industry is estimated to be equivalent to that of the aviation industry. 

Decarbonizing the tech industry presents a significant challenge, as it requires a complete transformation of the way energy is produced and consumed. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, offer a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but the tech industry must find ways to integrate these sources into their energy mix. 

Challenge #1: Energy Consumption

One of the most significant challenges for tech companies in Belgium is managing their energy consumption. The tech industry is notoriously energy-intensive, with data centres, server farms, and other infrastructure consuming vast amounts of electricity. This energy consumption not only contributes to carbon emissions but also results in high energy bills for companies. 

To address this challenge, tech companies can implement energy-efficient practices and invest in renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power. However, these solutions can be costly and require significant investment upfront. FI Group can support tech companies in accessing funding and incentives to offset the cost of energy-efficient practices and renewable energy investments. 

  • Don’t forget to check out the FI Grants Calendar 2023, providing you with an overview of R&D and green grants to support your decarbonising efforts. 

Challenge #2: Supply Chain Decarbonisation 

Another significant challenge is decarbonising the supply chain. Many tech companies rely on suppliers for raw materials, components, and finished products, and these suppliers may not have the same sustainability goals or practices in place. As a result, the carbon footprint of tech companies extends far beyond their own operations. 

To tackle this challenge, tech companies can work with their suppliers to implement sustainable practices and set sustainability targets. However, this can be challenging, particularly when dealing with suppliers in different countries with different regulations and standards. FI Group can support tech companies in navigating these challenges and accessing funding and incentives for sustainable supply chain practices. 

Challenge #3: Regulatory Compliance with carbon regulation

As sustainability regulations become increasingly strict, tech companies are facing greater pressure to comply with decarbonisation legislation. This includes regulations around energy consumption, emissions, and waste reduction. Compliance with these regulations can be a significant challenge, particularly for smaller companies with limited resources and expertise. 

FI Group can support in navigating these regulations and ensuring compliance with the right legislation. This includes accessing funding and incentives for sustainable practices and providing expertise on regulatory compliance. 

Challenge #4: Public (carbon) Perception 

Finally, a significant challenge is managing public perception around sustainability practices. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products and services they use and are actively seeking out companies with sustainable practices. 

Tech companies must, therefore, demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and communicate their efforts effectively to consumers. This can be challenging, particularly for smaller companies with limited resources for marketing and communications. 

Opportunities: the commitment to sustainability 

The tech industry is one of the most energy-intensive industries in the world, consuming vast amounts of electricity to power data centers, servers, and other hardware. As the world moves towards a low-carbon economy, it is essential to decarbonize the tech industry to reduce its impact on the environment. 

With challenges comes the opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and take a leading role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. By addressing challenges such as energy consumption, supply chain decarbonisation, regulatory compliance, and public perception, tech companies in Belgium can achieve their decarbonisation goals and contribute to a more sustainable future. 

At FI Group, we understand the importance of sustainability and the need to reduce carbon emissions. We work with companies to help them identify and implement sustainable solutions that can reduce their carbon footprint and improve their overall environmental performance. 

Our expert consultants provide a range of services, including support with energy audits, feasibility studies, and sustainability strategy development, to help you identify areas where you can reduce your carbon footprint and implement sustainable solutions. 

We can also assist you in securing funding for your sustainability initiatives through various funding programs, such as the European Union’s Horizon Europe program. This program provides funding for research and innovation projects that aim to address societal challenges, including climate change and sustainability. 

In addition to funding, we can also help you take advantage of tax incentives and other financial benefits that support sustainable investments. 

Yvette Poumpalova 

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