How Digital Twins can help save natural environments

Climate change is impacting our planet, leading to a serious loss of biodiversity and causing more extreme weather conditions. With these trends accelerating, it’s our responsibility to seek out new, innovative sustainable technologies to protect our natural environments – and do so quickly.

At Slingshot Simulations, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve our strategy, ensuring our sustainability action plan is at the heart of every decision we make. Considering this, our investment in Digital Twin solutions is helping us to fulfil to our pledge.

To date, The Rainforest Trust have protected over 39 million acres of tropical habitat globally. With the help of sustainable technologies including Digital Twins, The Rainforest Trust can now make even better decisions faster, protecting more endangered species and land.

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How Can Digital Twins Help?

Digital Twins allow virtual copies of real-life entities to be created and draw together data to create a closed-loop link between the virtual and physical worlds – establishing an environment for digital analysis.

When a Digital Twin of a projected area has been established, collected data can be analysed to answer questions, suggest alterations and help identify the optimal decision – all with the objective of improving sustainability.

These changes can be implemented through the Digital Twin technology, testing if the changes will help to make a difference to the proposed natural environment. If this is not the case, a different strategy can then be introduced.

And one of the key benefits is that the right decision can be identified up to 80% faster than with more traditional methods – and with time of the essence for the planet, this makes a huge difference.

With the help of Digital Twins, organisations like The Rainforest Trust protect some of the most endangered natural environments globally, including private areas, national parks, community forests and indigenous property.

The Dark Side of Data

With the abundance of data now available, whether from sensors, satellites and more, Digital Twin technology has the power to accelerate environmental preservation, creating representations of endangered areas to unveil the most sustainable and effective plan of action.

However, there is a dark side to all this data that must be addressed. While we are now collecting more data than ever before, estimates suggest that 80% remains dark – unused, disconnected and not being analysed to deliver the insights we need. What’s more, the energy required to simply store this dark data results in millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions every year

To help save these natural environments, other strategies must be implemented within our everyday lives. Through using renewable energy sources and transforming dark data into actionable insight, such as in Digital Twins, the team at Slingshot Simulations pledge to be net zero by 2025 to encourage a more sustainable future.

Sustainability in Action

Alterations within the carbon cycle impact almost every aspect of our natural environment, creating a change in our atmosphere and putting habitats in danger.

Working alongside The Rainforest Trust, at the IoT Solutions World Congress event this year, Slingshot users helped to save 121 acres of rainforest in just three days. This alone is a huge step towards a more sustainable future.

Every acre that was saved helped to preserve trees and natural landscape, along with the species which inhabit it. We’re proud to announce that this project helped to remove significant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, further helping to contribute towards to a net zero world.

Looking Towards a More Sustainable Future…

With the ability to protect natural environments using Digital Twins and addressing the problem of dark data, the chances of habitat preservation are increased across the world. In addition, rapid data analysis with tools like those develop here at Slingshot Simulations means we can help The Rainforest Trust and others tackle the global threat of endangerment at the speed the planet needs us to.