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Cloud, data and AI techniques to drive transition to net-zero carbon emissions

Feb 26
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Accenture is teaming up with Microsoft to utilise their combined expertise to speed up the UK’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions.

They will work together with utility and energy companies to reduce the cost of decarbonising the energy supply through open data, artificial intelligence (AI) and a digital workforce.

It comes in the wake of the UK becoming the first of the G7 nations to legislate towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Accenture and Microsoft's joint venture Avanade will use cloud, data and AI capabilities, as well as Internet of Things, digital twins and industry transformation strategies to work towards the target.

Among the companies working with the organisations is SSE Renewables, which has a reputation as a leading developer and adopter of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland.

It is being empowered to generate actionable operational and commercial insights from diverse data sets as a result of working with Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade.

The benefits are wide-ranging and include being more cost effective, increasing the reliability and lifespan of renewable generation assets, and ensuring new wind farms are not adversely affecting wildlife.

Rachel McEwen, chief sustainability officer at SSE Renewables, said: “The answer to all the technological, market and regulatory challenges that result cannot possibly come from a single organisation or sector.

“Partnerships, like the one between Microsoft and Accenture, are essential in bringing together an electricity utility like SSE with business and digital technology transformation specialists.”

The three main goals of the integrated approach to decarbonisation are reducing the cost of renewable energy generation by up to 25 per cent; supporting the electrification of energy demand; and matching supply and demand to create a zero-carbon electricity system by 2025.

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