In December 2020, the Royal Society published a report on Digital Technology and the Planet: Harnessing computing to achieve net zero. In his foreword, Professor Andy Hopper, Vice President of the Royal Society and Professor of Computer Technology, University of Cambridge writes: “Nearly a third of the 50% carbon emissions reductions the UK needs to make by 2030 could be achieved through existing digital technology.”
The report identified four key areas to help secure a digital-led transition to a low carbon future. Within those four areas were a total of eleven recommendations:
Building a trusted data infrastructure for net zero
Optimising our digital carbon footprint
Establishing a data-enabled net zero economy
Setting research and innovation challenges to digitalise the net zero transition
Read the report in full:
Digital Technology and the Planet: Harnessing computing to achieve net zero report (PDF).
This article from the Royal Society summarises the contents of the report.