Sustainability is key to digital transformation of the environment

PBC Today | February 28, 2020

Sustainability is a key driver to digital transformation in the environment. Alexandra Bolton, executive director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain CDBB and a member of the Construction Innovation Hub senior management team, considers the challenge, the opportunity and the potential prize. Addressing the challenges of the climate emergency is a pressing agenda for us all. The 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Special Report brought focus to the urgent need to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5ºC – and the terrible consequences for millions of people around the world if this is exceeded. Global leaders have rightly moved sustainability to the top of their agenda. Any one person or organisation can make a difference, but together we can make an even bigger impact. That is why the UK government’s legally binding commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 will require collaboration. Across the construction industry, the challenges are many and complex, and they can only be solved through wide-reaching collaboration. The information management and emerging tools and technologies championed by the Construction Innovation Hub, of which CDBB is a core partner, give the construction and infrastructure sectors tools to address its significant carbon footprint today.

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Robotic process automation is the innovative technology that enables you to create and deploy software robots specialized in interpreting and performing repetitive, process-based work. These smart robots can act as automated assistants as well as stand-alone virtual workers.

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