How do digital tools help move towards a more sustainable future? Read about 3 possible solutions.

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The sustainable development target program set by the UN aims to eliminate extreme poverty and sustainable development, which takes the environment, economy and people into equal consideration. Goal number 9 is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. By 2030, the goal is to renew industry and infrastructure in accordance with sustainable development, to increase the use of resources and to increase the introduction of clean and environmentally friendly technologies and production processes in accordance with each country's own capabilities. These goals are also strongly represented in companies' strategies.

Often in industry, before a project or maintenance work, various surveys and pre-engineering are carried e.g. the factory's infrastructure or layout. The surveys are carried out by experts on site. This requires travel to the site or factory. 

Travel related to surveys or pre-engineering can be reduced by e.g. with the help of digital twins. With the Matterport digital twin, a virtual model of the entire factory environment can be created. This model can be viewed remotely or in meetings, and it is not always necessary for a large number of people to visit the site. Using a digital twin therefore reduces unnecessary visits to the destination and thus lowers the carbon footprint.

Industrial project management can be enhanced with real-time task and project management software Tool4pro. In projects, many things are done by several stakeholders and machines. With weak management tools, projects are not completely under control. Unnecessary travel, excessive use of resources and machines happens due weak control. Unnecessary travel occurs if the conditions for e.g. installation or start-up are not ready. In addition, machines are also brought to the construction sites, even though there is no readiness to use the machines. Due to tight schedules, the machines may have to move to another site and return later. With the help of Tool4pro, project management can be improved. Dependencies between tasks ensure the optimal utilization of jobs and resources. The data obtained from projects and task execution can be used in future projects, which helps to further enhance operations and optimize resources. Tool4pro can be used to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of project management. 

In addition to the previous topics, in industry, both in projects and in the daily operation of the factory, problems often have to be solved with the help of various experts. The problems themselves can be related to production inefficiency, high energy consumption, use of raw materials, safety or emissions. When solving problems, experts are often flown in from around the world to investigate the situation. This is very slow and burdens the environment. 

RealWear wearable smart devices are revolutionizing the problem solving. With the help of smart devices, several experts from different locations can be quickly involved remotely. Workers can solve problems at the same time as experts guide them to try out different solution options with clear instructions.

A variety of fast deployable digital platforms and tools can help improve the use of resources, reduce environmental impact, raise awareness and promote global cooperation for a sustainable future. These three mentioned solutions are one possibility for companies implementing their sustainable development strategy.