More and more, our products, services and infrastructure are helping homes, businesses and public sector organisations cut their energy, fuel use and emissions. This year alone, around £5.3bn (25%) of our revenue came from carbon-cutting solutions – from teleconferencing and cloud storage to smart manufacturing and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. And we’re going further. Our ambitious plans to bring full fibre broadband to 20m premises and boost 5G mobile will support more homeworking, smart cities and next generation carbon reducing technologies.
The UK aims to be a net zero emissions economy by 2050 and the public sector has a big role to play. Hundreds of local councils and NHS Trusts already use our services. We’re looking for new ways to support their journey to net zero through our green tech innovation platform. We’ve teamed up with Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play to find businesses with breakthrough carbon-reducing solutions.
In January 2021, we announced our first two scale-up partners:
iOpt uses sensors connected by the Internet of Things to provide remote, real-time information and alerts on things like energy use and moisture levels in buildings. Their technology can help councils take steps to improve energy efficiency, cut maintenance costs and eliminate damp or mould. This in turn makes homes healthier and helps to prevent fuel poverty by reducing energy costs for tenants.
Everimpact uses a combination of on-the-ground sensors, satellite data and artificial intelligence to monitor air quality and carbon emissions. The results, transmitted via a smart city dashboard, enable local councils to target measures effectively to reduce air pollution and climate impacts. We’ll help both businesses grow and expand positive impacts by offering their services to interested customers.