At techUK we decided to use the inaugural Green GB Week to curate a series of blogs from members, colleagues and partners to highlight how tech and is being used to address some of the major sustainability and environmental challenges in the world, as well as looking at some of the major challenges that the sector faces as it moves into a zero-carbon world.
Some will call this green washing, but the Green Week was an opportunity to inspire our businesses to consider the potential of the technology they are developing and to share success stories where tech firms have deployed their digital technologies to deliver low-carbon outcomes and address environmental challenges.
The booklet includes articles from inspiring young digital entrepreneurs, such as Pocket Pal and One Cherry, who are using technology to try and reconnect young people with nature using augmented reality and developing apps to make it easier for people to find what they want and need from local charity shops.
Big business was vocal too: See Hitachi’s work on Smart Islands that shows how scale needn’t be a barrier for community led smart city innovation; Dell’s thoughtful interventions on marine plastics; Intel’s plea for more sectors to collaborate to address environmental and human rights abuses in the mineral supply chain; and BT’s leadership on science-based targets. Non profit and civil society took part too, with excellent examples of using technology to support their work, such as Plastic Tide and BSR.
Looking at specific technologies we heard how AI and machine learning, satellites, drones and sensors are being deployed to monitor and enforce marine conservation areas, marine environments, forests and nature reserves. How technology is help farmers adapt to climate change. And how it promises to further revolutionise our energy and transport systems.
The final set of blogs explored the challenges for the sector: our energy consumption, the need to become more energy efficient and move to a renewable energy base, deploy blockchain responsibly, and how we must do more to minimise the waste generated by the sector and clean up our supply chains.
With the IPCC report showing the stark realities of climate change and the urgency for action, it was good to see how committed and passionate our members and stakeholders are on environmental issues. To learn more click the pink box below to see our booklet and infographics to see what the sector is doing.