Scottish Climate Week: Reducing Carbon Emissions through Innovative IoT Technology

Scottish Climate Week 2023 reminds us of the urgency of addressing climate change. We are on the brink of surpassing a crucial temperature limit, with scientists warning that global temperatures are on track to breach the 1.5°C threshold in the next few years. This trend has come under intense focus during Scottish Climate Week, a Scottish Government initiative that raises awareness of how people, businesses and organisations can reduce their emissions and achieve net zero by 2045.

Scientists continue to emphasise that there is still time to mitigate global warming by implementing substantial emission reductions, a message that resonates strongly during Scottish Climate Week.

In the battle against climate change, smart technology solutions can help organisations adopt new innovative ways to work more sustainably. IoT-based technologies, such as intelligent lighting, waste management, and air quality monitoring play a crucial role in reducing carbon footprints and minimising environmental impact. These technologies can influence sustainable behaviours, decisions, and responses by utilising real-time data to optimise processes and decision-making that can help organisations and businesses to reduce energy consumption, lower emissions and improve operational efficiency.


Intelligent Lighting Solutions significantly increase energy efficiency and sustainability. Aberdeen City Council aimed to improve city life, achieve sustainability, and reduce carbon emissions through innovative IoT technology. North provided them with a CMS-based Intelligent Lighting solution and a city-wide IoT network, installing a state-of-the-art IoT solution to remotely manage and monitor over 37,000 street lighting units. The project aligned seamlessly with Aberdeen City Council’s Net Zero Aberdeen Route Map, helping them achieve their net-zero targets by enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Smart Waste Management is a crucial component of sustainable urban planning. These solutions optimise waste collection routes, reduce collection frequency, and reduce unnecessary emissions, leading to improved resource allocation, reduced carbon footprint, and environmental impact, as well as cost savings for waste management operations.

Air Quality Monitoring plays a pivotal role in safeguarding public health and the environment. By deploying sensor networks and real-time data analytics, air quality solutions enable the continuous monitoring of air quality parameters. This empowers cities and communities to identify pollution sources, implement targeted interventions, and improve air quality for residents.

As our world faces the imminent risk of exceeding the 1.5°C temperature limit, embracing innovative solutions can help to combat climate change, a sentiment echoed throughout Scottish Climate Week. Smart technologies offer a promising pathway towards a sustainable future, making them a central topic of discussion during this vital climate event. By harnessing the power of smart technologies, North empowers businesses and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and create a more sustainable world.