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. The Task Force exists to address the policy vacuum.
The Tech Task Force is putting the spotlight on technological solutions that help to strengthen businesses through greater resource efficiency, rebalancing the UK economy and revitalising manufacturing in the regions. The Tech Task Force will, therefore, be focusing on four major sectors that underpin regional economies outside south east England.
The first report, Smarter transport: a digital revolution for electric vehicles and mobility services, highlights how digital technologies could help put UK businesses at the forefront of new low carbon transport industries and how policy can drive their adoption across the sector. We will also be looking at energy, buildings and food.
Tech Task Force members are HVM Catapult, Innovate UK, Gambica, Schneider Electric and Ramboll.