Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies for Progress in UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Originally published in UN Tech Monitor.

Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair

Professor & Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce, National University of Singapore

UNESCO Global Expert Group member on the Universities & the 2030 Agenda (https://www.uib.no/en/sdgbergen/141236/members-unesco-expert-group).

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Go to the profile of David Docquier
2 months ago

Hi Seeram, this is an interesting paper. You say in the abstract "Benefits of 4IR include lower greenhouse gas emissions". Do you have in mind references (i.e. peer-reviewed articles) that demonstrate this statement quantitatively? Thanks.

Hi David, sorry for late reply as I could not access this site in recent weeks.  please check this reference

Avenyo, E. and Tregenna, F. (2021). “The effects of technology intensity in man-ufacturing on CO2 emissions: Evidence from developing countries”, Working paper 846.  Technology and Manage-ment Centre for Development, Univer-sity of Oxford. http://www.econrsa.org/system/files/publications/working_pa-pers/working_paper_846.pdf.

Thank you, Seeram

Go to the profile of David Docquier
about 1 month ago

Hi Seeram, thank you for the reference. However, I think this study is very specific (i.e. the effect of technology intensity in manufacturing on CO2 emissions in developing countries), while your paper above is relatively general and mentions a potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions using 4IR. Are you aware of the Lean ICT report by the Shift Project (https://theshiftproject.org/en/article/lean-ict-our-new-report/), which does not seem to end up with the same conclusion? In any case, I guess the share of technologies in greenhouse gas emissions is under-studied and would deserve higher attention. What do you think? Thanks, David