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Change: it starts now.

For many, the global pandemic has taken precedence over environmental efforts in the past 18 months. Nevertheless, the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly visible around the globe and the cataclysmic consequences simply can’t be ignored.

This year, the UK is hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26). The event, which will be held in Glasgow from the 31st October to the 12th November, will serve as a vital wake-up call to many, bringing countries, companies and people together to work towards global sustainability goals.

We’re already seeing the tell-tale signs of global warming – think increased wildfires, unpredictable flooding, and the endangerment of species and communities around the world. If things carry on as they are, this will only get worse. Change needs to start now if we want to achieve net zero by 2050… and everyone needs to get involved. That includes nations, cities, businesses and people.

We need to tackle climate change head-on and build a greener future for generations to come. COP26 will act as a catalyst for positive action and outline the steps that urgently need to be taken.

The Role of Smart Technology
COP26 will highlight the responsibility on organisations to minimise their impact on the environment. It’s not enough to discuss what they could be doing – businesses must set attainable goals and commit to taking action. Many have already made the decision to become net zero, and others are quickly following in their footsteps.

Serving a range of different industries, from housing to construction, IoT technology offers companies a sure-fire way of reducing harm to the environment.

Devices like Invisible Systems smart sensors monitor parameters such as temperature, CO2 levels, energy consumption and more. The gathered data is automatically fed into Invisible Systems’ online dashboard, Real-Time Online, where businesses can easily review the conditions of all their assets in one place.

Using these insights, users can monitor and identify:
• Areas of high or unnecessary energy usage
• Issues such as cold and damp, which may be leading to heating being turned up or left on
• Poor air quality or areas of high pollution, e.g. on building sites
• Excessive fuel consumption across machinery and equipment
• The supply and demand of energy across sites

Companies can then take the necessary steps to tackle these issues and improve their operations to become more sustainable.

The Impact of Smart Technology
Devices like Invisible Systems smart sensors are already transforming how businesses meet their environmental responsibilities. And the more they’re adopted, the more their positive effects will be seen.

By 2030, IoT technology is predicted to:
• Save more than eight times the energy that it consumes.
• Help to reduce water usage by around 230 billion cubic metres.
• Reduce carbon emissions by one gigatonne.
• Reduce electricity consumption by 1.6 petawatt-hours (PWh) - enough to support 136.5 million homes for one year.
• Deliver an annual reduction of 3.5PWh of fossil fuels through this decrease in electricity consumption.

With COP26 just around the corner, it’s time to review the sustainability measures that you currently have in place and consider what can be improved. If you want to find out how IoT technology can help you become a greener company, get in touch with a member of the Invisible Systems team today.

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