COP26: Why Technology is Essential
Following the leak of documents suggesting Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia and several other countries have been lobbying the United Nations to alter its recommendations for tackling climate change, Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls UK&I, comments on how technology can aide the race to net-zero and the fight against climate change.
Despite the revelation today that several nations have lobbied the UN to water down its recommendations for addressing climate change, recent evidence suggests governments are coming together tin recognising the part technology can play in supporting the future of our planet.
The only way to tackle climate change is to implement smart technologies that will drive efficiency and sustainability, across all sectors and borders.
Buildings, for example, contribute to 40 per cent of total global carbon emissions, creating a huge barrier in the race to net-zero. With smart solutions like IoT, AI and ML, all technologies in a building across the fire, security, controls, HVAC, and occupancy systems can be integrated. This can then allow us to look across a whole building to see in real-time where efficiencies can be made. Without technologies like these to do the hard work for us, achieving new levels of sustainability targets and creating healthy spaces will be hard.
We must now put innovation at the heart of everything we do. The evidence of the benefits of smart tech – both for our planet and people – are too prevalent to ignore.