Cisco backs techno-ambitions of CCC carbon budget

Technology giant Cisco has praised today’s carbon budget from the Committee on Climate Change and called for greater collaboration between industry and government to deliver it. In particular, Cisco is […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Technology giant Cisco has praised today’s carbon budget from the Committee on Climate Change and called for greater collaboration between industry and government to deliver it.

In particular, Cisco is pleased to see smart grids placed high up the low carbon agenda.

Cisco UK & Ireland chief executive Phil Smith said: “It is particularly encouraging to see the committee call for greater investment in technologies such as smart grids, smart buildings and integrated transport processes.

“As the report recognises, these advanced networking technologies are essential if we are to succeed in radically reducing the energy-intensity of our buildings, production processes and transport infrastructure.”

But Mr Smith pointed to the CRC as a warning sign to be heeded over government low carbon policy and legislation.

“As we have seen from previous government measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment, the biggest barriers to greater sustainability are not technological or economic, they are cultural, political and institutional,” he said.

“It is therefore not enough to simply commit to a target. Greater collaboration between industry and government will be essential if we are to meet these targets and create a better, smarter and more sustainable Britain. If this is done well, this report will help lay the foundations for a carbon budgeting model that can both reduce our long-term environmental impact and provide a valuable framework for other countries to replicate and build on.”