The whitepaper, published 22 June, outlines how technology and innovation can be harnessed to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and accelerate the path to net-zero by 2050. It shows that urbanisation, aviation, rail, manufacturing and defence can counter the threats posed by climate change through resilience and sustainability best practice. These industries face significant challenges to reducing their emissions but are well-positioned to pursue and incorporate technological development.
“Innovation will play a significant role in enabling the UK and the world to achieve net-zero,” says Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive, Johnson Matthey. “However, there are plenty of technologies available today that can help to move the needle and mitigate climate change, so it is critical that governments and societies deploy these technologies and follow a ‘learn-by-doing’ approach.”
The paper includes contributions from experts at the Ministry of Defence, Intel, LSE, Make UK, Arup, Ernst & Young, among others, and follows on from a webinar series hosted by Resilience First and Intel that explored the same topics.
It shows how technology can help with decarbonisation in four key areas: adaptation, renewables, energy efficiency, and carbon removal. It proposes that innovation is not only key in major industry sectors like manufacturing and aviation but also defence and the urban environment.
Its key recommendations include:
- Investment in innovation to drive technologies that accelerate carbon-emission reductions.
- Investment in job upskilling and employment transition.
- Increased cross-silo working in order to deploy faster, more resilient and more universal technological solutions.
Seth Schultz, CEO, The Resilience Shift, says: ‘There are tangible and concrete steps that industry leaders can take today to reduce emissions and build a more resilient way of working. We cannot place our hopes on future solutions, we need to start building those solutions with the tech and brain power available to us right now.’
The full whitepaper can be accessed here.