20 October, 2017

New UNIDO report explores potential of Industry 4.0

26 September, 2017

A new report launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) looks into the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0, to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy. The report, produced in collaboration with the German Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Indonesian think tank Sustainability & Resilience.Co (su-re.co), also provides key recommendations for future policies.


Industry 4.0 promises improved methods of production and business models through new technologies, including automation, augmented reality and the Internet of Things, that could accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in manufacturing; reduce carbon emissions; optimise energy-use; and enhance productivity and cost savings. This, in turn, could help tackle major global challenges, such as climate change, the lack of access to clean energy access, etc. However, Industry 4.0 also presents challenges that relate to countries’ ability to efficiently and rapidly introduce new technologies in manufacturing processes, and could eventually result in greater inequality. The conditions to be met to ensure that all countries can benefit from the potential of Industry 4.0 to advance sustainable energy are explored in the report.

 Pathways towards sustainable energy

The report looks into two development pathways towards more sustainable energy: developed countries could retrofit their systems to improve energy efficiency, while developing countries could industrialise in a more sustainable manner by jumping from older technologies to very modern ones, such as smart factories and decentralized micro-grids. The report argues that the revolution needs to be supported by policies that foster the transition to sustainable energy systems. At the same time, the report exposes concrete policy recommendations.

“UNIDO can provide policy advice to governments for setting up suitable framework conditions,” said UNIDO senior programme management expert, Takeshi Nagasawa. “As a knowledge-sharing and project development platform, UNIDO can help capitalise on the sustainable energy aspects of Industry 4.0 by transforming systems or leapfrog technology waves.”

Digitising industry in tune with the Sustainable Development Goals

The report further points out that by enhancing the use of information and communications technologies and increasing internet access, there could be a multiplier effect that would contribute to achieving different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, advancing SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure could help tackle SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy and SDG 13 on climate action.

www.unido.org




Events
 
  • Air-Tech 2018
    10 April, 2018, 9:30 - 12 April, 2018, 16:30
    Hall 9, NEC, Birmingham, UK
  • Fluid Power & Systems
    10 April, 2018, 9:30 - 12 April, 2018, 16:30
    Halls 8 & 9, NEC, Birmingham UK
Buyers' Guide Search
 
Search for UK supplier by name
Browse by Product Group.
Magazine
Magazine To view a digital copy of the latest issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine, click here.

For a FREE subscription please click here

Air-Tech Exhibition 2018
Previous IssueTo view a digital copy of the May/June issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine, click here.

For a FREE subscription please click here

Fluid Power & Systems 2018
Buyers Guide - July/August Issue 2017To view a digital copy of the Buyers' Guide issue 2017 issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine, click here.

July/August 2017 Annual Buyers Guide Issue
BFPA YearbookTo read the latest BFPA Yearbook, click here
BFPA Training AcademyClick the image to go to the BFPA Training Academy website
Compressed Air & Vacuum Technology Guide 2016To read the official BCAS Compressed Air & Vacuum Technology Guide 2016 click here
Smart Machines & FactoriesSmart Machines & Factories Magazine - the UK's first dedicated journal focusing on the fourth industrial revolution and transforming to a smart manufacturing era.
Newsletter
 
Newsletter