IBM launches AI service to assist companies with climate change analysis

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IBM today released the Environmental Intelligence Suite, a suite of software powered by artificial intelligence that clients can use to prepare for weather risks that could disrupt operations. By combining artificial intelligence, weather data, climate risk analysis and carbon accounting capabilities, the Environmental Intelligence Suite can be used to help organizations assess their impact on the planet and reduce the complexity of regulatory compliance, IBM says.

Businesses face climate-related damage to their assets, as well as consumer expectations to serve as environmental leaders. McKinsey predicts that climate change could mean more disruptions to global supply chains, disrupting production and increasing costs and prices. At the same time, shoppers are looking for green products and are willing to pay more for them, according to a recent report. studies by GreenPrint and others.

Environmental Intelligence Suite leverages existing IBM weather data, along with technologies developed by IBM Research. Through APIs, dashboards, maps and alerts, the platform offers recommendations aimed at addressing both immediate challenges and long-term planning and strategies. With the platform, climate and data scientists can analyze environmental data sets and use a new climate risk modeling framework to generate data on future wildfire and flood risks. They can also take advantage of automation and natural language processing features designed to help estimate carbon emissions and identify reduction opportunities.

“The future of business and the environment are deeply intertwined. Not only are companies grappling with the effects of extreme weather disruptions on their operations, but shareholders and regulators are also increasingly responsible for how their operations impact the planet, ”said the general manager of AI applications and IBM blockchain Kareem Yusuf in a statement. statement. “IBM is uniting the power of artificial intelligence and the hybrid cloud to provide businesses with ambient intelligence designed to help them improve environmental performance and reporting, create more efficient business operations to reduce resource consumption, and plan for resilience against climatic disruptions “.

AI for climate change

IBM is launching the environmental intelligence package as a way to monitor severe weather, wildfires, floods, and air quality, in addition to prioritizing mitigation efforts and measuring environmental initiatives. For example, the company says, retailers could use the platform for weather-related inventory and shipping disruptions, while power and utility companies could implement it to determine where to trim vegetation around power lines.

While studies suggest that some forms of machine learning contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, the technology has also been proposed as a tool to combat climate change. Researchers are using AI-generated images to help visualize climate change and estimate Corporate carbon emissions. And non-profit organizations like Watttime are working to reduce the carbon footprint of homes by automating when electric vehicles, thermostats and appliances are active based on the availability of renewable energy.

Beyond AI-powered services, tech giants are dropping tools to the corner a global emissions management software market expected to be worth $ 43.6 billion by 2030. Microsoft recently announced Cloud for sustainability, a service designed to help companies measure and manage their carbon emissions by setting sustainability goals. It was released immediately after Salesforce Sustainability cloud, an enterprise carbon accounting product designed to drive climate action, and Google Cloud applications to help companies choose cleaner regions to locate their resources.

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