The role of digital and data in achieving net-zero (Part 2)

There are a few examples of this in practice and this week we will be going over the collaboration between Accenture and Microsoft to help accelerate the UK’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions. The two companies, along with Avanade, have unveiled a five-point plan that aims to speed up the UK’s mission to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This will also help utility and energy companies transform the energy system and lower the cost of decarbonising the supply and demand of electricity in the UK.  

The UK is the first country to legislate for a net-zero target for carbon emissions by 2050 and this is being accelerated by using an underpinning of data, AI and a digitally equipped workforce to help the country meet its net zero goals. 

The companies will also focus on: 

  • Efficiently matching supply and demand for an electricity system that is zero carbon by 2025  
  • Decarbonise the supply of energy by reducing the cost of renewable generation by up to 25% 
  • Help clients realise a 20% reduction in the cost of meeting increasing power demand through innovative approaches to network design, construction and operation. 
  • Enable 50% of the new power demand for transportation 

Working alongside these companies will be SSE Renewables to use this technology to help reimagine its operations. As well as helping the company be more cost effective, it will also help to increase the reliability and life of its renewable generation assets. The company is also using AI to ensure wildlife is not adversely affected by its new windfarms.  

Toby Siddal, a Managing Director and Lead for Accenture’s Resources Business in the UK and Ireland, said: “The UK’s targets for net zero push focus onto the energy and utilities sectors through which the most significant impacts on decarbonisation can be made. The time for action is now and it will require innovative new approaches, solutions and ecosystems. 

“Our integrated approach to decarbonisation stems from a mutual belief that data and digital transformation are essential in enabling the transition to a low carbon future and it can lead to growth, new skills and competitiveness for the UK. We believe it is a perfect focus for this collaboration between Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft, which can help drive the step changes needed.” 

This new joint effort builds on decades of collaboration in the UK and around the world. Together, Accenture and Avanade have delivered more than 35,000 projects for over 12,000 businesses in more than 20 industries around the world.