How tech and data can unlock sustainable value

In this episode of the EY Microsoft Tech Directions podcast, the speakers discuss how tech and data can unlock sustainable growth and propel transformations.

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This episode of the EY Microsoft Tech Directions podcast explores the intersection of technology, data and sustainable growth. Host Susannah Streeter is joined by Ben Taylor, Markets Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young, LLP and Mark Kroese, former General Manager of the Sustainability Solutions team at Microsoft. The discussion revolves around leveraging technology and data to address sustainability challenges.

The podcast delves into the complexities that businesses face in aligning sustainability with technological advancements. It emphasizes the critical role of data in achieving environmental goals, particularly in the context of evolving EU, ISSB and SEC guidelines that demand robust reporting on financial and nonfinancial data. The conversation highlights the potential of machine learning in simplifying this reporting process.

Key themes include the importance of sustainable transformation despite geopolitical and economic shifts, the urgency of meeting net zero commitments, and the challenges of data gathering and management for sustainability reporting. The episode also touches on the role of AI and blockchain in enhancing sustainability efforts and the need for reskilling employees across industries to meet future sustainability goals.

The panel addresses the necessity for companies to adopt a holistic approach to sustainability, integrating advanced technologies and data management strategies to foster sustainable growth and transformation.

Key takeaways:  

  • Sustainability in the tech era: Recognizing the pivotal role of technology and data in driving sustainable transformation and meeting environmental objectives amidst regulatory changes.
  • Data management challenges: Understanding the complexities of data collection and reporting for sustainability, emphasizing the need for accurate, auditable and real-time data.
  • Future skills and technologies: Highlighting the importance of reskilling the workforce for sustainability roles and exploring the potential of AI and blockchain in accelerating sustainable practices.

For your convenience, full text transcript of this podcast is also available.


Episode 15


44m 15s