It is increasingly clear that life as we know it is not sustainable. Climate change continues to be a global headline as countries attempt to recover sustainably. And to become green, companies are constantly trying to find new and efficient ways of saving energy and money. Often, they turn towards innovative technology such as The Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT is helping companies to approach sustainability from a different angle. If utilised correctly, IoT can bring with it many financial and environmental benefits. Collecting data through IoT means that companies can better understand their environmental impact and further embrace energy saving solutions. Using advanced data analytics of IoT with smart sensors can also help to reduce air pollution, track water usage and even improve agricultural practices.
Beyond environmental benefits, IoT can also offer a range of other business gains. Consumers are shown to increasingly prefer companies that embrace sustainability. Meaning businesses need to champion sustainable practices to reduce impact and keep up with competitors.
So, how exactly is IoT changing the way we approach sustainability?
More than half the world’s population live in cities. In a recent study, United Nations predicted that by the mid-century, over 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities. This is an exponential growth when compared to 34% of people that lived in cities back in the 1960s.
Growing cities will play a huge role in climate change. As urbanisation takes over, cities are becoming more crowded, and in turn, polluted. By securing sustainable strategies, cities can reduce harmful emissions released into the atmosphere significantly. But what is it that makes cities such attractive areas to inhabit?
Although many people may not realise it, IoT has a huge part to play in creating modern, accessible urban areas. Street lighting, energy efficient buildings and fast, convenient transport can regularly be seen using IoT based systems.
Big cities making simple adjustments may seem insignificant, but these small changes can generate big results. The City of London’s smart street lighting project saw the installation of 12,000 LED lightbulbs between 2018 and 2020. This resulted in an average of 60% energy savings throughout the city.
Clean air and water
Public health can be significantly improved by the use of IoT. On average London sees 9,000 deaths per year that are attributed to air pollution. And 91% of the population worldwide inhabit places where air quality exceeds WHO guidelines.
Air quality sensors allow companies to identify pollution and address it promptly. This consists of many air quality solutions, including changing transport routes and urban planning.
IoT systems can also help in maintaining the health of our water structures. Part of the systems technology monitors tank filling levels, alerts companies if toxins are detected and eradicates leaks. Smart water systems allow companies to reduce waste while also finding the best way to use the water they do need.
These systems make it possible for companies and manufacturers of any size to improve their water supplies and air conditions through IoT management processes.
Energy efficient agriculture
Not only can IoT help improve the quality of air and water, but also our food consumption. IoT is helping everything from small family farms to huge agribusinesses to become more energy efficient. Collecting data allows farms to reduce water and fertiliser consumption, in turn reducing waste and improving product quality.
Around one-third of food produced worldwide is lost to waste according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. And around 14% of this food is lost before it has even reached shops. By using advanced cameras, sensors and collected data, the agricultural industry can predict anomalies and stop unnecessary waste before the food is even created. Allowing the industry to fast track itself towards a sustainable future.
Closely monitoring temperature changes, microclimates and humidity levels with IoT systems can also benefit farmer, distributors and suppliers. Perishable goods need care and attention far beyond their growth and crop. And so, collecting data on the perfect environment for each product is vital.
How can Monarch help?
At Monarch, we understand the importance of sustainability. IoT and smart sensors can help us work towards a greener future. Environmental trends can so often be complex and constantly developing. This is why reaching carbon neutrality comes with many multifaceted options. And Monarch are here to guide you through them to find the most advantageous for your company.
Our sister brand t-mac provides IoT driven energy management technology that gives you complete control over your consumption. Integrating your critical energy systems into one remotely managed platform provides you with visibility of all systems, including heating, lighting and ventilation.
Get in touch today for more information on how we can help you kickstart your journey towards sustainability.