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.
A smarter way to save energy is the second report from the Tech Task Force. The policy insight explores how the adoption of digital technology can transform the delivery of energy efficiency across UK businesses and highlights three areas of policy action to ensure that buildings and industry across the UK can cut energy bills and carbon emissions.
In our third report, Smart building, we explore the role of digital technology is futureproofing UK buildings. From better building design to offsite retrofit, from predictive maintenance to material tracking and reuse, digital technologies can help accelerate the transition to low carbon construction and the upgrade of existing buildings for a net zero future. Their adoption will also support greater industry productivity and new jobs across the country.
In our fourth and final report for the task force, Smart and green, we explore how digital technology can support a green economic recovery from Covid-19. We highlight the opportunities for digitalisation to improve performance in the transport, energy, buildings and food sectors. We propose that the digital and low carbon agendas should be linked in government's strategies for economic recovery and decarbonisation, to help UK businesses improve efficiency, become more competitive in global markets and reduce their environmental impact at the same time.
Tech Task Force members are HVM Catapult, Innovate UK, Gambica, Schneider Electric and Ramboll.