IBM has introduced a suite of environmental intelligence software that leverages AI to help organizations prepare for and respond to weather and climate risks that may disrupt business, more easily assess their impact on the planet, and reduce the complexity of regulatory compliance and reporting.
The IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite aims to help companies streamline and automate the management of environmental risks and operationalize underlying processes, including carbon accounting and reduction, to meet environmental goals.
“The future of business and the environment are deeply intertwined. Not only are companies coping with the effects of extreme weather disruptions on their operations, but they’re also being held increasingly accountable by shareholders and regulators for how their operations impact the planet,” said Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., General Manager, IBM AI Applications. “IBM is bringing together the power of AI and hybrid cloud to provide businesses with environmental intelligence designed to help them improve environmental performance and reporting, create more efficient business operations to reduce resource consumption, and plan for resiliency in the face of climate disruptions.”
“Today’s announcement further accelerates our commitment to apply scientific methods to find new solutions for the most pressing challenges that we face as a society. Last year, IBM Research launched a global initiative called the “Future of Climate” to develop and demonstrate innovations focused on addressing climate change by leveraging AI expertise across IBM Research,” said Gargi Dasgupta – Director, IBM Research India and CTO IBM India/South Asia. “To support this initiative, IBM Research – India, which has been at the forefront of advancing AI and its applications, has played a critical role in building the new Carbon Performance Engine and Climate aware applications including forecasting, which are now a part of the overall Environmental Intelligence Suite.”
The suite leverages existing weather data from IBM, the overall most accurate provider globally, advanced geospatial analytics already in use by companies around the world, and innovations from IBM Research.
The suite delivers environmental insights via APIs, dashboards, maps and alerts that can help companies address both immediate operational challenges as well as longer-term planning and strategies.
The IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite also takes advantage of AI-driven innovations from IBM Research that make it easier for climate and data scientists to analyze massive environmental datasets, and a new climate risk modeling framework used to generate data on future wildfire and flooding risks.