The challenge is clear: to meet the Paris climate change target requires the decarbonisation of the global economy within the next 50 to 80 years. Global emissions have to peak within a decade and rapidly decline thereafter.
In parallel, we face some stark global challenges: threats to global freshwater availability; plastic pollution of our marine environment; habitat destruction and degradation; poor urban air quality; and the enormous challenges of adapting to that climate change that can no longer be reversed by action.
This is not just a matter for our energy sector: it will require a reimaging of the built environment, transport, how we use land and how we conduct business and consume goods: heralding massive demand for new products and services.
The global move to cleaner economic growth through low carbon technologies and more efficient use of resource is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. By 2030 global exports for low-carbon goods and services could be worth £1-1.8 trillion a year, seven to 12 times more than today.
Every day this week we’ll be featuring blogs and case studies showing how some of our sector is deploying their technology to minimise environmental degradation and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. We’ll also explore how emerging technologies could in future help us to meet these global challenges. And the challenges that remain for our own industry.
This week’s campaign week coincides with the UK’s inaugural Green GB Week, week of action and activity designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and to help raise understanding of how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change. Join the conversation online #techUKgreenweek and #GreenGBWeek.
Monday 15 October - Land and Resources
How tech can help keep more resources in the ground - blog from Craig Melson, Programme Manager, Environment and Digital Devices Programmes
Tearing down the barriers to sustainable shopping - blog from young start-up entrepreneur Robbie James from One Cherry
How AI is solving food supply challenges and regenerating our planet - blog by Iggy Bassi, Founder and CEO of Cervest
How online marketplaces can lower CO2 emissions in farming - blog by Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech
Resource savings with end to end tech service models - blog from Arrow Electronics’ Sustainability and Marketing Senior Manager, Claudia Capitini
Tuesday 16 October - Our International Footprint
Building new partnerships: how the tech sector can support the fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade - blog from Mark Field MP, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
We need to talk about blockchain – together - blog from BSR’s managing director, Tara Norton, and associate director of information and communication technology, Michael Rohwer
Beyond Conflict: tackling green abuses in the mineral supply chain - guest blog by Julian Lageard, Director, Corporate Government Affairs at Intel
Does technology have a place in nature? - guest blog by Danielle Connor, co-founder of Pocket Pals
Combatting Carbon Emissions in Retail Supply Chain - guest blog by Alan Gunner, Business Development Director at Adjuno
Seeing the wood for the trees: using tech to combat deforestation - blog from techUK’s Susanne Baker, head of programme for environment and compliance
Wednesday 17 October - Towns and Cities
Will our smart cities be green cities? - guest blog by Professor Peter Madden, OBE
Smart communities: addressing energy’s changing landscape - guest blog by Helen Grundy, Hitachi’s Sustainability and Environment Specialist
Connected homes will unlock smart energy markets - techUK’s Programme Manager Teodora Kaneva blogs on what demand side response is and why smart appliances are a crucial piece of the puzzle
Moving from transport to mobility: joining the dots - guest blog from Atkins’ technical director of intelligent mobility Dr Wolfgang Schuster
Thursday 18 October - Oceans
The role of satellite in the digital divide and sustainable fisheries - guest blog by James Cemmell, Vice President of Government Engagement at Inmarsat
Artificial Intelligence - A Game Changer for Ocean Conservation? - blog from Katherine Mayes, Programme Manager- Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK
An Ocean of Opportunity - Tech, Drones, Machine Learning and You! - guest blog by Peter Kohler, The Plastic Tide
Applying Technology to the Preservation of Biodiversity - guest blog from Nick Wise, CEO of OceanMind
It is time to tackle the ocean plastic problem - guest blog by Dayne Turbitt, Senior Vice President, UK and Ireland Enterprise Sales, Dell EMC
Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits - guest blog by the National Oceanography Centre
Friday 19 October - A Zero Carbon Tech Sector
Data centres and heat reuse: Light at the end of the tunnel? - blog from techUK’s Emma Fryer, Associate Director Data Centres
Dirty data and doom-mongering: the ICT sector’s real impact on climate - guest blog from Andie Stephens, Associate Director of the Carbon Trust
We are proud to be celebrating Green GB Week - guest blog from BT’s Gabrielle Giner, Head of Sustainable Business Policy
Turning up the heat on a zero-carbon ICT sector - guest blog from Sylvie Feindt from Europa Insights
Creating an internet powered by 100 percent renewable energy - guest blog by BSR’s associate director of ICT Michael Rohwer and Berkley Rothmeier, manager for consumer sectors and climate
Working Towards a Zero-Carbon Tech Sector - guest blog from Kristine Kearney, Marketing Manager from SIMS Recycling Solutions
Sony Joins the Global Initiative RE100 in Pursuit of Operating with 100% Renewable Electricity - guest blog from one of our members Sony, as part of #techUKgreenweek and #GreenGB week