hi Luka, it was a great and insightful post. Big data / data science / blockchain always excites me! I can appreciate why big data analytics and data science are increasingly important. According to an estimate by IBM, in 2020 there will be 300 times more information than we had in 2005. Understandably, there are immense possibilities which arise from a proper utilization of this data and environment sustainability is one of them. Out of many promises of big data, environment sustainability is one of the most important ones to implement and maintain (Saurabh Tyagi). Across academia, government, and industries both small and large, data science is being used to better understand energy and the environment, motivate policy, and shape business (Berkeley Institute for Data Science, 2017 April 20). Coincidentally, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and VeChain (2018, May 9) recently commented that logistics, GOVERNMENT and medical industries stand to benefit most from blockchain technology. Philipp Sandner (2015, March 23) attempted to name few examples of possible contribution of blockchain towards more sustainable economy. These include: (a) combination with smart meters, blockchain system can be utilized to transmit payment transactions, record and control electricity flow and storage, thereby managing payment as well as energy flow via smart contract deployed into a blockchain infrastructure (b) IBM partnered with Energy-Blockchain Labs to develop a “Carbon Credit Management Platform” on the basis of the Hyperledger blockchain for the Chinese carbon market (c) SolarCoin, similar to airmiles, rewards the production of solar electricity. United Nations has also spearheaded a series of initiatives to enhance use of big data for driving sustainable development (Priyankar Bhunia, 2018 January 16). In 2016, the United Nations introduced the idea of strengthening countries’ use of big data for sustainable development, including a data literacy platform, a proposal for a 12-point plan on privacy and governance issues and a mapping software for monitoring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Luka, you may want to take a look at the Data-Pop Alliance initiative, a global coalition crated by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and the Overseas Development Institute to promote the use of big data for sustainable development… Very much look forward to reading your future articles on this mega trend!

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