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Workshop #1.1: How technology enables sustainability

Trainer: Georgina Goff, Senior Director of Marketing, Communication and Corporate Citizenship, EMEA – Flex


How technology enables sustainability

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is set to contribute 2.3% of global greenhouse emissions by 2020*.  However, in the digital era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), technology can be harnessed as an enabler to improve sustainability across every organisation, market and industry sector.

Individual organisations are taking responsibility for their own sustainability goals as governments struggle to agree on global climate change policy. The development and implementation of uniform standards and adoption of technology throughout the supply chain will ultimately allow for increased efficiency, which benefits society, the economy and the environment.


In this session, you will hear how Flex and its customers are using technology to change the landscape in a range of areas, from climate solutions including renewable energy, to connected homes, autonomous vehicles, smart agriculture and supply chain optimization.

Flex is a $24B Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world.With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes, in various industries and end-markets. Flex has deep insight into more than 12 industry sectors, giving them a unique ability to apply the latest technological innovations from one industry to another.

Target group

This session is suitable for any individual or leader with an interest in technology and how it can be implemented to address sustainability challenges.

Training Results

During every industrial revolution there are winners and losers. Established organisations are displaced and new technology enables new entrants. This 4th revolution is claimed to be the fastest period of innovation ever, and so the implications for our world are deep, far reaching and imminent.

New technologies like the Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual reality (AR/VR), Robotics, Additive Manufacturing techniques are disruptive technologies, upsetting traditional industries to bring new value to consumers, communities and employees.

Will the promise of this technology to help us achieve ‘smarter living” address today’s important challenges for our people and our planet, or just exacerbate it?

Draft agenda

  • 4IR friend or foe in addressing for climate change
  • What are the IoT key technology advancements and should companies engage in these to drive sustainability?
  • Case Study (Best Practice)- TBC
  • The power of collective effort to drive sustainability
  • Q&A


*GeSI SMARTer 2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future