Businesses are confronted with global trends towards digitalisation and the drive towards low carbon and resource efficiency. Smart technology is a powerful way to achieve clean growth and bring business resource costs down, but limited uptake is preventing UK companies from realising the opportunities.
Although the UK has set out the ambition for digital innovation and clean growth in its industrial strategy, little attention has been given to how they will be delivered.
In collaboration with our task force members, we worked to address this policy vacuum, spotlighting the technological solutions that will strengthen businesses through greater resource efficiency, rebalance the UK economy and, critically, revitalise manufacturing in regional economies outside south east England.
Our work focused on the four major sectors that underpin regional economies outside south east England: transport, energy, buildings and food.
Read our reports:
In this policy insight, we explore how the adoption of digital technology could transform the delivery of energy efficiency across UK businesses. We set out three policy actions to help buildings and industry across the UK cut both energy bills and carbon emissions.
In this report, we explore the role of digital technology in future proofing UK buildings.
From better building design and offsite retrofit, to predictive maintenance and material tracking and reuse, digital technologies could accelerate both the transition to low carbon construction and the retrofitting of existing buildings for a net zero future. Their adoption could also support greater industry productivity and new jobs across the country.
We explore how digital technology could support a green economic recovery from Covid-19.
We highlight the opportunities afforded by digitalisation in the transport, energy, buildings and food sectors, and argue for the digital and low carbon agendas to be integrated into the government’s strategies for economic recovery and decarbonisation. This would enable UK businesses to simultaneously improve efficiency, become more competitive in global markets, and reduce their environmental impact.
We’re grateful to our Tech Task Force members for supporting this project: