Digital for Decarbonization

Decarbonization Avenue : Digital for Decarbonization

The use of digital and IT solutions has  been an important - though less talked about - factor for the success of many decarbonization efforts worldwide. Given that enhanced efficiencies in operations and energy consumption alone can significantly drive down CO2 emissions in industrial, agricultural and domestic sectors, the importance of digital for decarbonization should not come as a surprise.

The contribution of digital to decarbonization is vast, diverse, and touches a wide range of sectors and applications. It utilizes many different sets of digital tools - from simple databases, to sophisticated VR/AR, to highly complex AI/ML/big data platforms.

Use of digital is perhaps one of the most potent avenues for decarbonization in the short and medium term. As many of the applications are wrap-arounds for the existing infrastructure and processes, and as many of them can quickly identify inefficiencies and carbon emissions, expect significant funding and investments to happen in this sector during the 2020-2030 period.

Digital technologies for decarbonization is a rapidly evolving field, with continuous innovations that utilize many digital tools and concepts. While some applications of digital can be expected to stabilize during the 2020-2025 period (especially monitoring and control applications), this sector will continuously have many other disruptive innovations for a large part of the 2020-2030 period and even beyond.

The main disadvantages for use of digital tools revolve around lack of awareness for many end use sectors, and the difficulties that many innovative but small solution developers face in accessing key end use segments for pilots and business development.

For the 2020-2030 period, while the scope of innovations in the use of digital for decarbonization will be vast, expect significant focus on grid optimization, demand response, systems, IT use for carbon credit and carbon offset markets, for building energy efficiency, for preventing GHG leaks from select industries such as oil & gas, and monitoring of forest and other large natural carbon sinks.

Industries impacted

  • Automobiles & auto components
  • Computers & software
  • Construction & real estate
  • Electronics & semiconductors
  • Engineering goods & machinery
  • Environmental services
  • Logistics
  • Oil & gas
  • Power
  • Road transport
  • Trading & distribution
  • Travel & hospitality
  • Waste management
  • Water

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Themes & Topics

  • Software for decarbonization

    • Programming

      • Embedded programming

    • Apps

      • ERP

      • CRM

      • Mobile apps

      • Payment apps

      • Multimedia software

      • Simulation softwares

      • Analytics softwares

      • PLC

      • VR/AR

  • Hardware for decarbonization

    • Application level hardware

      • Robotics

      • Data reading devices like scanners

      • PoS devices

      • IT devices - desktops, laptops, Handheld devices, tablets, smartphones

      • Drones

    • Networking/communication hardware

    • Sensor network and devices

  • Networking / communications

    • IoT / IIoT

    • Wifi network / wired network

    • Industrial internet

    • Telecommunication devices

    • Satellite communication









  • Concepts

    • Artificial intelligence/Machine learning

    • Big Data

    • Business intelligence

    • Augmented reality

    • Virtual reality

    • Cloud computing

    • Online marketplaces

    • User interfaces

  • Education/capacity building

  • Collaboration

    • Associations

  • Case studies

  • Use of digital in:

    • Renewable energy

    • Energy efficiency

    • Energy storage

    • Waste management

    • Water use efficiency

    • Low carbon Materials

    • Low carbon agriculture & food

    • Low carbon mobility

    • GHG mitigation

    • Carbon capture & storage

    • Climate finance

  • Use of digital in decarbonizing specific industries

    • Metals

    • Fertilizers

    • Textiles & apparel

    • Oil & gas

    • Chemicals

    • Cement

    • Aviation

    • Shipping