Today, let’s look at the ABB report. 71% of the 765 industrial business leaders surveyed by the company were giving greater priority to sustainability objectives as a result of the pandemic. This is great news for people like me who have been tuning in to the potential of IoT to use new sensors or better data analysis to help fix big problems by making it easier to identify ways to solve them or ways that we’re currently contributing to them. And it’s a long time coming: I was writing about efforts by Schneider Electric to reduce the carbon impact of its manufacturing lines by using sensor data to shift its production back in 2018.
Digital transformation efforts are reaching a new phase, where the focus is shifting from productivity enhancements to sustainability. A new report from ABB, the sustainability efforts of Bosch that have been on display at CES over the past two years, and broad conversations I’ve had with companies in the manufacturing sector are all examples of this new focus. As they make clear, we’ve moved from simply using IoT for efficiency to IoT as an enabler for sustainability goals.