The Government has today announced its intention to lay legislation that puts the UK on the path to become the first major economy to set net zero emissions target in law. Commenting on this, Matthew Evans, Director of Markets at techUK said..
"techUK welcomes the UK’s new net zero by 2050 target: now is the time for the UK to signal the end of its contribution to global emissions. This stretching target will reframe investment decisions and focus innovation. This is a moonshot type objective is a major opportunity to drive digitisation and innovation – helping to cement the UK’s position as a global green tech leader.
“Government rightly acknowledges the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy and digital technology will play a major role in delivering a net-zero future for the UK. Estimates suggest that ICT can reduce global carbon emissions by around 20 per cent because it can make private and public sectors more productive and efficient.
“But this will not happen automatically. Digital technology must be deployed intelligently if we are to optimise its capabilities. To make sure this is the case, and to ensure there is greater scrutiny and stewardship of the sector’s own impacts, techUK is today launching its new working group to shine a light on the breakthrough digital technologies that can help to stop the UK’s contribution to climate change and help shape the policy and regulatory framework to deliver it.”
If you are interested in joining techUK’s new working group on climate change and resilience please contact Susanne Baker