The Industrial Revolution was the start of it…
Our planet is warming and if this process is left unchecked, the effects will be catastrophic for much of life on Earth. To slow this, we need to significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases are pumped into our atmosphere. Global average temperatures are now 1℃ higher than in the pre-industrial era. If recent trends are allowed to continue, global temperatures are predicted to rise by 3-5℃ by 2100. As well as devastation for thousands of species who rely on the careful balance of their ecology, severe weather, wildfires, and rising sea levels will threaten significant numbers of our populations as well as critical resources and food security.
What are we doing about it?
In 2019, the UK Government and the devolved administrations committed to the Net Zero Carbon target. Net zero means achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere and those taken out. So, the net zero target requires a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with pre-industrial revolution standards, by 2050.
Intelligent vision systems have an important role to play in helping the UK achieve its Net Zero Carbon pledge. The Foundation Industries (Glass, Metal, Chemical, Ceramics, Paper, and Cement) are currently responsible for 10% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. Integrating our systems in to quality and inspection processes in these sectors will help to make them more efficient, less energy-intensive, less carbon emitting, and reduce waste.
Similarly, our systems are helping with other complex challenges such as nuclear decommissioning. If nuclear (fission) power is to be part of our low or zero carbon energy mix in the future, we must develop more cost-effective methods of making safe our ageing nuclear power station fleet. Our intelligent systems are part of that mission.