Already existing digital technologies have the potential to deliver a 15% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 while also contributing significantly to the UK economy, but policy interventions are needed to create the right business environment, claims a new report.
Launched during London Tech Week on 7 September, the report by TechUK and Deloitte, How to make the UK a digital clean tech leader, suggests that digital technology already in the field can enable a 7.3 million tonne reduction in UK carbon emissions, or 15% of the 48 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO₂e) needed by 2030.
“The vast majority of this [decrease] comes from the application of smart grids to energy networks, followed by the use of Industry 4.0 technologies in manufacturing. Remaining carbon savings come from agriculture, mobility, and smart building technologies,” said the report.
The economic analysis conducted by Deloitte also suggested already existing digital