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24 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2024 Feature Article by Marina Hornasek-Metzl, AT&S Digitalisation and ESG are prominent, high- priority topics in the global business commu- nity. e first focuses on applying technol- ogy throughout the value chain to produce faster, smarter, and more desirable business outcomes. e latter emphasises the broader value a business is expected to create for its stakeholders from an environmental, social, and governance perspective 1 . Digitalisation has the potential to reduce global emissions by up to 20% in sectors such as energy, materials, and mobility. By 2030, these industries can reduce emissions by 4-10% by accelerating the adoption of digital technologies 2 . However, the energy consump- tion of digital technologies is also a significant contributor to carbon emissions. During the first months of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders from January to March 2020, internet use grew by 40%, ultimately demanding 42.6 mil- lion megawatt-hours of additional electricity globally 3 . The Paradox of the Semiconductor Industry in Meeting Global Climate Goals e industry presents a paradox. Meeting global climate goals will, in part, rely on semi- conductors. ey're integral to electric vehi- Digitalisation and ESG

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