Industry, work and people

Industry, work and people

As we shift our energy dependency away from discrete pockets of site-bound fossil fuels to renewable sources – such as the sun, sea and wind – that can be harnessed from multiple smaller infrastructures closer to the sites of use, the face of global landscapes will begin on a path of positive and dramatic change. Large energy grids, power plants and other large-scale industrial sites will give way to smaller industrial production plants and energy capture and storage facilities that sit less intrusively within our landscape.

In addition to this, advances in online technologies, virtual storage, autonomous vehicles and robot-automated industry processes will relieve the strain on our transport networks and change the way we live and work.

“Our long-term view is that we will move to a fully circular economy where materials are always reused and are effectively ‘borrowed’ from natural resources for each new product until it reaches the end of its useful life. This would apply to all commodities such as copper, steels, aluminium alloys and other materials.”

Professor Neville Jackson Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Ricardo plc

Already, the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ is being proclaimed, as the internet connects people, machines, organizations and even components and tools, in a vast global network that never sleeps; in this connected world, many industries will run with almost complete automation.

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Our role

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