Trends Report

Pandemic Automation — A Quiet But Powerful Environmental Upside

Bring Sustainability Into Automation And Automation Into Sustainability

July 11th, 2022
With contributors:
Glenn O'Donnell , Audrey Lynch , Diane Lynch


The pandemic has pushed many organizations to prioritize automation investments. The right ones lead to optimization, which in turn fuels sustainability. And although sustainability wasn’t the goal, it’s been an under-the-radar positive effect of these investments. Automation has supported working from home (WFH) and reduced commute times; dialed down our paper dependence; and supported surveillance, security, and incident robotics to lessen environmental risk and reduce CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions. It also supports reporting for all of these. This report highlights automation’s contributions to your environmental sustainability goals and explains how to advance them.

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