Hugh Gamble, vice president of federal government affairs and public policy at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), said government agencies should integrate sustainability into their information technology modernization efforts to help address the challenges posed by climate change.
Gamble wrote that agencies seeking to achieve zero-net emissions should come up with a climate action plan and the first step agency officials should do is to have a “holistic understanding of the situation” and its impacts by listening to stakeholders.
He talked about Salesforce’s Climate Action Plan and its focus on six sustainability priorities: emissions reduction; trillion trees and ecosystem restoration; education and mobilization; carbon removal; regulation and policy; and innovation.
Another measure agencies should take is to reduce and monitor their emissions by using cleaner and renewable energy sources.
“When that’s not possible, they should seek alternatives, such as purchasing high-quality carbon credits, financing renewable energy supplies or investing in nature-based solutions,” Gamble added.
He discussed how Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud could help agencies track and reduce their carbon emissions and called on agencies to be vocal that they are committed to addressing climate change.