Climate change is a pressing issue for people across the globe, especially as we have just had our 12th consecutive hottest month for average global temperatures in a row!
The Internet of Things and Climate Change
The internet of things (IoT) can play a crucial role in reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency, helping to combat climate change. The concept of the IoT has been around for a while now, but it is only recently that it has become cost effective enough to be used in everyday scenarios.
With connected things such as industrial laundry operations, cars and even clothes there is a chance to create a more circular economy, where waste is repurposed and data gathered to make smarter decisions on how we use our resources such as transport and energy.
The Internet of Things in the Home
There is a real opportunity for the IoT to take off and have a significant impact on sustainability in the home appliance market. Manufacturers are now connecting things such as washing machines, microwaves and fridges to the internet, allowing them to monitor their products and see how they are used after purchase.
This gives manufacturers a much better insight into how their products are actually used by their customers rather than just presuming. This means they can now see:
- How much energy a product uses over its lifetime
- Use that data to make increasingly energy efficient appliances
- Gain insights on the causes of common faults
- Build better, more reliable appliances based on data insights
Monitoring appliances even enable manufacturers to provide information to customers on how to fix their appliance, potentially sending out specific instructions and the exact spare parts needed. All of this will help to cut down on waste significantly as appliances that would have ended up in a landfill can now enjoy a longer useful lifetime.
The Internet of Things and Transport
Transport is another area where the internet of things can play a crucial role in increasing sustainability. It is not difficult to imagine a future where all cars will be self-driven and connected to everything around them. Cars will be able to drive at faster speeds more safely, reducing congestion and increasing fuel efficiency.
A group from the artificial intelligence unit at the University of Texas have created a program called Autonomous Intersection Management (AIM). This allows self-driving cars to:
- Schedule a slot through an intersection in real-time
- Speed up or slow down to ensure they’re in the right place at the right time
- Avoid smashing in to one another
This type of technology could potentially increase the volume of traffic a busy intersection can handle by a hundred times, saving significant amounts of energy in unnecessary breaking acceleration and idling.
Although self-driving cars and Autonomous Intersection Management are still a while away, the IoT can offer drivers and businesses opportunities to reduce their emissions today, helping to combat climate change as well as cutting costs.
At Autotrip we firmly believe in helping to create a more sustainable future. With our easy to use mileage tracking and reporting system, it is now easier than ever for businesses to manage their fleets and gain valuable data. With this data, we can offer valuable insights to any manager – allowing them to see in depth how the cars within their fleet are being used and where there is potential to improve fuel efficiency and cut down on unnecessary journeys. These insights could have a significant impact on reducing CO2 emissions, as well as helping to save money and meet ever-tougher regulations.