Climate Change Minister Endorses techUK Report On Tech Led Decarbonisation

techUK has today released a new report, Technology - Enabling CO2 Reductions, which explores how technology can drive positive change and meet future challenges in reducing CO2 emissions.

Launched during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, the paper outlines how the Clean Growth Strategy must work in tandem with the Industrial Strategy, the Digital Strategy and forthcoming 25-year Environment Plan to ensure technology is used to achieve the Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

In the paper, techUK covers:

  • How digital technology can support the delivery of carbon savings in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction and agriculture
  • The future opportunities for tech-led decarbonisation
  • Recommendations on how to accelerate cost-effective deployment of tech solutions.

Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:

“The UK is a world-leading digital economy but, to continue its success, it must also be a sustainable one. In its recent Clean Growth Strategy, the Government rightly acknowledged the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy, and this report highlights key opportunities for decarbonisation.

“Smart energy, connected homes, digital industries, and agritech are all segments where we can use digital tech to reduce carbon emissions and drive economic growth in parallel. The tech industry looks forward to working with Government to achieve both its ambitious carbon reduction targets and improve productivity.”

Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:

“The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change. Since 1990 we have cut our emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.

“As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the transition to a clean economy presents significant economic opportunities across the country. Innovation and technology are essential to growing the low carbon economy and are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”

 

 

TECHNOLOGY: ENABLING CO2 REDUCTIONS FULL REPORT (pdf)

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