The rapid progress in digital technologies is changing the way we do everything. Information and communications technologies (ICT) already represent 4% of GDP in Europe.
Developments like the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and cloud computing are transforming products, processes and business models in all sectors by improving resource, energy and economic efficiency and creating new global value chains. The opportunities that digitisation brings must be swiftly seized by European industry to build its competitiveness.
In 2015 the European Commission initiated its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy to help make Europe more competitive. To fully reap the benefits of the DSM requires a competitive European digital industry and the integration of digital innovations in all sectors to maximize growth potential. Digital innovations are also a key to improving resource and energy efficiency and building sustainable health systems.
Digitization is a major challenge, but one that can build on existing strong European digital technologies for healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing. The devlopment of automation in production and the full integration of simulation and data analytics in processes and supply chains will also lead to substantial gains in productivity and sustainability.
The concept of the connected factory using advanced integrated remote sensing and intelligent analysis is already well established in the chemical sector and will be further developed and, where appropriate, exported to other sectors. To fully embrace the new digital workplace will require employees with different skill sets including an appropriate mix of basic, soft and new technical skills. SusChem’s Educate to Innovate programme is looking to develop and deliver such skill sets for the chemical and other process sectors.
Digitisation is an enabler for increasingly sustainable chemical production, processes and value chains providing jobs and growth. To find out more on how SusChem is developing sustainable digital solutions and how they relate to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals check below!