The fourth industrial revolution is expected to fundamentally change current methods of production and consumption. As well as boosting productivity, the technologies underpinning this revolution can create social and environmental value, but these opportunities have not yet been explored in detail. Identifying the technologies which can enable particular resource efficiency opportunities in various sectors can support businesses and policy makers interested in improving both the quality and long term sustainability of economic growth.
Green Alliance is working with Innovate UK to map industry 4.0 technologies’ applications to identify the most significant resource efficiency opportunities by sector. The analysis will help set priorities for Green Alliance’s Tech Task Force, a developing partnership where business, cross-sector technology and industry groups, look at how the next industrial revolution can reduce impact the environment and contribute towards its restoration.