Agoria: ‘Belgium can reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent thanks to digital technology’ – News

The country’s total CO2 emissions could fall by 10 to 12 percent by 2030 thanks to the use of digital technology in the four business sectors that emit the most CO2. That is the conclusion of a study commissioned by the technology association Agoria.

Emissions could drop by 10.4 to 13.3 megatons of CO2, the study said. According to Agoria, this is 30 percent of the European reduction target for our country. Which of the two numbers is obtained depends on the speed of digitization. “The climate issue is an unprecedented Belgian opportunity,” said Agoria CEO Bart Steukers.

Agoria suggested the study Digital4Climate in collaboration with the consulting firm Accenture. The figures come from 15 digital solutions in the four sectors. These are industry, buildings, mobility and logistics and, fourthly, the energy sector. There is the greatest potential in the industry, thanks to solutions such as robotics, proactive maintenance or greater use of simulations and analyzes, for example in mechanical engineering. For the sector, there is a CO2 reduction of 10 to 12.3 percent.

intelligent traffic systems

The construction sector has the largest CO2 footprint. Smart building management or more preliminary modeling during the construction itself can reduce CO2 emissions by 8.3 to 10.8 percent. Within mobility and logistics, there is a reduction of 10.6 to 14.2 percent via e.g. more homework, intelligent traffic systems or autonomous ships on the waterways.

Digitization can also increase the production of renewable energy as well as the capacity of the electricity grid. The digital can be a ‘catalyst’ for the green energy transition, for example, it allows for flexible grid control. Digital technology has the potential to increase renewable energy production by over 7 percent. This is especially the case with wind energy. All in all, according to the authors, the energy sector can achieve a reduction of 12 to 14.5 percent in emissions.

Strategy for more

For Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Green), it is not just a matter of reducing emissions. At the presentation of the study, she also argued for a ‘strategy of more’, where she made the connection with the energy transition. “Thanks to digitization and the use of smart technology, we can integrate more renewable energy into our network and we can work on a more stable network,” the minister said.

Emissions could drop by 10.4 to 13.3 megatons of CO2, the study said. According to Agoria, this is 30 percent of the European reduction target for our country. Which of the two numbers is obtained depends on the speed of digitization. “The climate issue is an unprecedented Belgian opportunity,” said Agoria CEO Bart Steukers. Agoria has prepared the Digital4Climate study in collaboration with the consulting firm Accenture. The figures come from 15 digital solutions in the four sectors. These are industry, buildings, mobility and logistics and, fourthly, the energy sector. There is the greatest potential in the industry, thanks to solutions such as robotics, proactive maintenance or greater use of simulations and analyzes, for example in mechanical engineering. For the sector, there is a reduction in CO2 emissions of 10 to 12.3 percent. The construction sector has the largest CO2 footprint. Smart building management or more preliminary modeling during the construction itself can reduce CO2 emissions by 8.3 to 10.8 percent. In mobility and logistics, there is a reduction of 10.6 to 14.2 percent through, for example, more homework, intelligent traffic systems or autonomous ships on waterways. Digitization can also increase the production of renewable energy as well as the capacity of the electricity grid. The digital can be a ‘catalyst’ for the green energy transition, for example, it allows for flexible grid control. Digital technology has the potential to increase renewable energy production by over 7 percent. This is especially the case with wind energy. All in all, according to the authors, the energy sector can achieve a reduction of 12 to 14.5 percent in emissions. For Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), it is not just about reducing emissions. At the presentation of the study, she also argued for a ‘strategy of more’, where she put the connection with the energy transition. “Thanks to digitization and the use of smart technology, we can integrate more renewable energy into our network and we can work on a more stable network,” the minister said.

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