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Virtual coffee: using IoT to support Scotland’s net zero ambitions

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3rd June 2021
Online via Zoom

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Put the kettle on and join CENSIS for a catch up over a virtual coffee and connect with other companies, researchers and stakeholders working in the same space.

Led by CENSIS Business Development Manager Rachael Wakefield and Business Development Director Michael Fletcher, this discussion will explore the different ways IoT can help support Scotland’s ambitions to become a net zero society by 2045.

The United Nations climate change conference, COP26, is set to arrive in Glasgow in November 2021 and the decisions made at this Summit will affect businesses and organisations in every market sector, not just in Scotland but across the globe.

This virtual coffee session will look at how IoT can be used as an enabler to help address climate change challenges which are impacting on the wellbeing and sustainability of citizens, natural ecosystems and traditional ways of doing business. While the technologies that underpinned earlier waves of industrialisation have been responsible for much of the world’s manmade climate change, the next (fourth) wave of industrialisation that includes IoT looks set to provide us with the technologies that can help reduce carbon emissions. There are a host of things we could address in this hour, which as always will be led by the interests of the people on the call. They could include:

  • Manufacturing: IoT can be used to optimise production, manage energy consumption of equipment, create predictive monitoring and maintenance, enable circular economy to be applied – all of these can reduce errors, create less waste, and make better use of materials.
  • Transportation and logistics: IoT can help with intelligent route planning, tracking location and movement of assets to optimise supply chains and support smart mobility to solutions to reduce the reliance on vehicles that emit greenhouse gases.
  • Utilities: IoT can support leak detection in water networks, optimise pump efficiencies in terms of power use, and in provide predictive maintenance, an enabler of efficient resource management in near future de-centralised and community based heat and power networks.
  • Farming and land use: IoT is being used successfully in rural environments too for managing the quality of the natural environment, the health of crops and soil, and balancing the wellbeing of livestock with productivity.
  • The increasing accessibility of IoT technologies invites citizens and communities to use digital tools like this to take action to reduce the carbon footprint for themselves.


The chat takes place online using Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite. After you register, and before the event takes place, we’ll send you a calendar invite that includes the Zoom link.