Balancing Economic Opportunity and Environmental Responsibility
The International Society of Automation (ISA) – the leading professional society for automation – has announced the publication of a new position paper, “Achieving Sustainability Goals with Automation.”
Automation technology has changed the way we live and work – and has increased productivity, efficiency, and profitability for organizations and individuals the world over. As the paper describes, automation also has a significant role to play in achieving sustainability goals – offering new ways to accelerate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities across manufacturing, industry, and beyond.
Specific recommendations are offered for organizations seeking to demonstrate ESG leadership through the application of automation technologies and systems, including:
- Optimizing energy usage by using automation to manage lighting, heating, and cooling systems
- Relying upon advanced sensors and other automation technologies to reduce the risk of injury to personnel by isolating hazardous processes
- Providing accountability and transparency by surfacing data and offering objective analysis
- Creating new jobs and upskilling opportunities as needs and technologies evolve – the World Economic Forum estimates an additional 12 million new jobs created by 2023 due to automation.
Position Paper by International Society of Automation. Download document HERE