According to a study by Accenture, 92% of large companies worldwide intend to achieve zero emissions goals by 2030. This goal will require the deployment of advanced technologies to measure, reduce and eliminate an organization’s carbon footprint, as concluded by the report.
Various technologies, such as artificial intelligence, (AI) l cloud computing, blockchain, data analysis Or the Internet of Things (IoT), can help reduce carbon emissions. For example, the Accenture study showed that 62% of companies said they were using AI to move towards renewable energy; While 58%, data analysis, 58%, Cloud, and 44%, IoT. To improve waste management, 61% use AI; 64%, Cloud, 57%, data analysis, and 42%, IoT. In terms of reducing emissions from supply chains, 63% are using AI and the cloud; 57%, data analytics, and 47%, IoT.
To pursue decarbonization, Nicolas Goldstein, CEO of Accenture Chile, explains that three integral elements must be considered: “First, use technological innovation to drive sustainability initiatives and transform business models. Measure ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance Factors) impacts and work to ensure that it is designed, developed and deployed in a sustainable manner and, finally, to organize an ecosystem of companies handjob startupTo enable nonprofits and the public sector to use technology in entirely new ways to solve the ‘complex problems’ of this decade and deliver lasting results.”
Leonardo Gonzalez Barcelo agrees, Managing Director of IBM Chile, noting that “the power of science, technology and innovation can help address environmental problems while serving vulnerable communities most exposed to environmental hazards. To improve the lives of the most affected populations.” By combining expertise and technology with goal, we have the potential to make a lasting and scalable impact.”
For example, this company has software Called the Environmental Intelligence Suite, which leverages AI to forecast weather and environmental conditions. There are sensors installed around the world with which transportation programs can be better set up so as not to affect the company’s supply chain, reduce emissions, optimize routes, as disruptions due to climate events are a major risk for companies. is of major concern. “Leveraging AI with information from multiple data sources can help organizations estimate climate risk, improve resilience, and support them in meeting their sustainability goals,” explains Gonzalez.
Another way of looking at technology as environmental protection is through forest fire reduction, which, in addition to reducing vegetation, increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Researchers from the University of Chile and the Institute of Complex Engineering Systems (ISCI) have been working for more than two years on a system to try and stop the spread of fire. Andres Weintraub, academic and national award winner for Applied Sciences, promoter of the Cell2Fire project, explains how the system works: “We base our decisions on all the data provided by various instruments, such as X-ray drones, very sophisticated equipment. Form the basis for measuring temperature, humidity, wind, flora and fauna, satellite images, etc. In a way that allows us to get better information and this has allowed our mathematical models to provide better solutions.
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through machine learning And the AI, Cell2Fire, is able to evaluate topographic, landscape, flora and fauna variables while determining the risk of fire and, in turn, the risk of fire. The system is already being tested in Chile, Spain and has strong investments in Europe, betting on Chile’s innovation for the forests of Greece, Portugal and the Canary Islands.
Multidisciplinary teams in collaboration with forestry companies and CONAF build the project being implemented locally in Concepcion and Valparaíso. “Fire is causing more and more damage, trees that counter carbon emissions are burnt and not only that, it damages entire ecosystems, plantations, native forests, even houses. Being able to reach out shows that we all have to cooperate, invest and work together from all sectors”, emphasizes Weintraub.
But the technology to help fight climate change is also getting stronger and stronger, primarily from the entrepreneurial ecosystem. startup, For example, in the case of Chile there is Instacrops, which is dedicated to providing information. online For farmers to increase the yield of their crops by measuring climate, soil, irrigation system and other plant parameters through installation of IoT devices (internet of things, All through visualization in one simple application.
WenuWork, for its part, digitizes electrical energy consumption, measuring the tools and machines used in production processes in a rapid, non-invasive way. The information is put into the cloud, managing itself in consumption.
With nearly 10 years in the development of clean energy initiatives in Latin America and Europe, Ladder Energy specializes in the creation, acquisition and sale of renewable energy projects with a strong technical component. In 2020 it was awarded as one of the main startup With a positive impact in Latin America.
Meanwhile, through IoT, the We-Tech firm monitors and manages equipment and plants that operate on resources such as water and gas, achieving greater efficiency. The technology allows efficient use of infrastructure and resources, leading to a 30% increase in water availability and a 25% reduction in electricity consumption.