Frugal digital innovation

Updated on 12/07/2021

In a world where resources are becoming scarce and environmental pressure has reached its limits, innovating for a more sustainable world has become a necessity, especially in the digital sector.

Whether relating to energy, time or capital, the frugal approach seeks to consider how we can make better use of digital technology and develop our ability to “do more with less,” while accelerating innovation.

At Inria, research teams have made the goals of energy transition and more frugal digital innovation a central part of their thinking. Although these digital tools are often seen as too resource-intensive and harmful to the environment, they also represent a tremendous opportunity, in particular AI, to help accelerate processes and energy optimization.

Whether used to rationalize the energy consumption of software and processors, develop optimization tools for complex database management or recover heat energy generated by data centres and inject it back into urban heating networks, frugal applications are wide-ranging and can have a meaningful impact.

At Inria, the research teams at Inria have integrated the objective of the energy transition and a more frugal digital environment at the heart of their thinking.