A new report launched today by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) looks into the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0, to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy. The report, produced in collaboration with the German Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Indonesian think tank Sustainability & Resilience.Co (su-re.co), also provides key recommendations for future policies.
Industry 4.0 promises improved methods of production and business models through new technologies, including automation, augmented reality and the Internet of Things, that could accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in manufacturing; reduce carbon emissions; optimize energy-use; and enhance productivity and cost savings.
This, in turn, could help tackle major global challenges, such as climate change, the lack of access to clean energy access, etc.. However, Industry 4.0 also presents challenges that relate to countries’ ability to efficiently and rapidly introduce new technologies in manufacturing processes, and could eventually result in greater inequality. The conditions to be met to ensure that all countries can benefit from the potential of Industry 4.0 to advance sustainable energy are explored in the report.
“We should make sure to shape the future of Industry 4.0 in a sustainable way, so that developed and developing countries can transform their industries towards a more sustainable future,” said IASS’ Grischa Beier, who leads a project on “Digitalization and Impacts on Sustainability”.
Pathways towards sustainable energy
The report looks into two development pathways towards more sustainable energy: developed countries could retrofit their systems to improve energy efficiency, while developing countries could industrialize in a more sustainable manner by jumping from older technologies to very modern ones, such as smart factories and decentralized micro-grids. The report argues that the revolution needs to be supported by policies that foster the transition to sustainable energy systems. At the same time, the report exposes concrete policy recommendations.
“UNIDO can provide policy advice to governments for setting up suitable framework conditions,” said UNIDO Senior Programme Management Expert Takeshi Nagasawa. “As a knowledge-sharing and project development platform, UNIDO can help capitalize on the sustainable energy aspects of Industry 4.0 by transforming systems or leapfrog technology waves.”
Digitizing industry in tune with the Sustainable Development Goals
The report further points out that by enhancing the use of information and communications technologies and increasing internet access, there could be a multiplier effect that would contribute to achieving different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, advancing SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure could help tackle SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy and SDG 13 on climate action.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Programme Management Expert
UNIDO Department of Energy
Wagramer Strasse 5, 1220, Vienna, Austria
Tel. +43 1 26026 5119
Press & Communications
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam, Germany
Tel. +49 (0)331 288 22-340
Fax +49 (0)331 288 22-310
http://publications.iass-potsdam.de/pubman/item/escidoc:2510896/component/escido... Read the Report’s executive summary here
http://publications.iass-potsdam.de/pubman/item/escidoc:2510896/component/escido... Read the full Report here
Eva Söderman | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
Controlling robots with brainwaves and hand gestures
20.06.2018 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CSAIL
Innovative autonomous system for identifying schools of fish
20.06.2018 | IMDEA Networks Institute
In a recent publication in the renowned journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning.
Already last year, the researchers provided experimental proof of a new dynamic of hybrid solitons– temporally and spectrally stationary light waves resulting...
Scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel identified a master regulator for bone regeneration. Prasad Shastri, Professor of...
Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.
Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...
The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.
Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.
An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.
Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...
13.06.2018 | Event News
08.06.2018 | Event News
05.06.2018 | Event News
22.06.2018 | Materials Sciences
22.06.2018 | Earth Sciences
22.06.2018 | Life Sciences