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Princeton Universityin collaboration with Worley, published a key report on the reality of reaching net zero in the middle of the century entitled “From ambition to reality: measuring change in the race to net zero‘.
The report outlines the five changes needed for transformation, with a focus on how to turn thinking into action. These include the deployment of low-carbon technologies, dependent on the readiness of our digital infrastructure. leading indicators describe how fast and scalable infrastructure projects need to be.
The text provides a scoring system that countries can use as a basis for ranking the gap in these scores between where society currently stands in 2022 and where society should be by 2026. Like 2026, 2030 is called the “highest” alert overall. In other words, if action is not taken by 2030, the damage will become irreversible.
The report also recommends that the public apply the digital knowledge of COVID-19 vaccine deployment to the mass deployment of infrastructure using a “models, platforms, people” framework. This is the main mechanism for the transmission of environmental messages. Building partnerships is another shift. In this unprecedented era of zero-emission infrastructure change, it is critical for businesses and education providers to work with governments to develop ways to learn new technologies and skills.
In addition, bridging the technological and digital skills gap will be key to further infrastructure deployment. Other technologies, such as digital twins, can allow investors, suppliers, governments, and stakeholders to participate in the entire project lifecycle through real-time visualization.
The reason for these measures is that building digital platforms that society can trust will be the key to moving forward with zero emissions. Researchers predict that digital platforms will become the foundation of transparency, community trust, and shared value needed to achieve environmental goals.
According to Sue BrownWorley Sustainability Group Executive Director: “We developed five shifts and indicators of change to describe how the delivery of essential industrial infrastructure needs to change to scale up and deliver the delivery speed needed to reach zero by 2050. “.
Continuing, Brown explains why digital solutions are needed to achieve many results: “But by 2030, project delivery practices need to change radically if we have any chance. Collaboration metrics are particularly important to track as this will be key to greater transparency, improved participation and more inclusive outcomes.”