Areas of Decarbonization
The following topics may be areas to explore when considering how digital solutions can support decarbonization initiatives.
- Power generation and demand – Supporting a shift to nuclear, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, solar, wind and tidal forms of generation.
- Power use and efficiency – Local power generation, distribution and community schemes; Use of energy storage solutions such as high-capacity batteries for homes; Use of digital technology to match demand to the supply of clean energy.
- Industry – Helping to optimize or reduce the usage of steel and cement, as production of these materials results in large emissions of greenhouse gases.
- Agriculture and farming – The use of inorganic fertilizers releases methane into the atmosphere. Additionally, Livestock farming (particularly cattle) produces large volumes of methane. Can we reduce these emissions, or use digital technologies to make better use of waste methane? How can digital technology help to prevent the destruction of rainforests, or aid in the recovery of deforested areas?
- Transport – Can digital technology support a shift from fossil fuels to electricity or hydrogen? How can digital technology maximise the use of public transport, car sharing and rental schemes? Can digital aid the distribution and delivery networks supporting increased online product and grocery shopping? How can digital reduce emissions in shipping or air travel?
- The environment – How can digital solutions help us develop and use carbon capture and storage technologies.
This year’s Atos IT Challenge seeks to develop digital solutions that will support multiple areas of decarbonization and decarbonization initiatives, helping companies and society as a whole to tackle climate change.
The Challenge is to develop a functioning application, mobile app, service or simulation to support industry, commerce or individuals in the drive for decarbonization.
We are looking for interesting applications that could have immediate and impactful real-world applicability.
Examples and Ideas
The following are initial ideas for possible competition entries, but the challenge is certainly not limited to these:
- Applications to analyse climate data, perhaps using AI/ML techniques.
- Modelling of energy (particularly electricity) distribution to meet future demands, perhaps bearing in mind weather forecast data.
- Applications for individuals to inform and support decisions around energy supply, transport and diet.
- Modelling tools match the supply of renewable electricity with the demand, perhaps involving battery or other storage mechanisms.
- Soil management systems for agriculture.
- Applications to track carbon in the supply chain and improve efficiency in commercial scenarios.
- Applications to analyze the impact of Covid-19, such as increased remote working, on levels of CO2 in the environment.
- Modelling of large-scale systems, such as shipping routes.
- Carbon monitoring dashboards and information systems in the commercial environment, including the tracking of raw materials, premises lighting and heating, and staff travel.