UK environmental targets will be a boon to M2M

UK Environment Secretary Chris Huhne has been grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last couple of weeks. The controversy over affairs and allegations about avoiding a driving conviction have overshadowed some major news. Yesterday he committed the UK government to being the greenest ever and possibly the greenest in the world by reducing carbon emissions to 50% of their 1990 level by 2027. Full story here.

The implications are substantial for M2M as the commitment implies a complete overhaul of electricity generation, much wider adoption of electric vehicles and substantial improvements in home energy efficiency. All of this promises more transport & distribution monitoring equipment, connected cars, connected EV charging points and smart meters (OK, so the UK was already committed to rolling out smart meters in the next 5-10 years, so that's already expected).

For Machina Research's analysis of the market for M2M in the utilities sector take a look at our latest report: Machine-to-Machine (M2M) in the Utilities Sector 2010-20.