IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

IBM launches Environmental Intelligence Suite

Big Blue said new suite would help organizations prepare for climate change problems

IBM logo on the side of a building

IBM has unveiled its new Environmental Intelligence Suite, a collection of artificial intelligence (AI)-based software tools aimed at helping organizations prepare for and respond to weather and climate risks.

The suite, offered as a software as a service (SaaS) product, brings together AI, weather data, climate risk analytics, and carbon accounting capabilities. IBM said this would allow firms to spend fewer resources collecting such complex data and more on analyzing it for insights and taking action to improve their operations.

IBM said the suite delivers environmental insights via application programming interfaces (APIs), dashboards, maps, and alerts that can help companies address immediate operational challenges and longer-term planning and strategies. It also uses technologies from IBM Research, which apply natural language processing and automation designed to help companies estimate carbon emissions and identify opportunities to reduce them across their operations or with suppliers.

Among the examples IBM gave of the suite’s usefulness was the ability for companies to monitor disruptive environmental conditions, such as severe weather, wildfires, flooding, and air quality and send alerts when detected. The suite can also predict potential impacts of climate change and weather across the business using climate risk analytics.

Companies can also gain insights into potential operational disruptions and prioritize mitigation and response efforts. Other features measure and report on environmental initiatives while reducing this burden on procurement and operations teams.

Related Resource

Seven leading machine learning use cases

Seven ways machine learning solves business problems

Whitepaper front coverFree Download

For example, IBM environmental data and geospatial analytics are being used by Brazilian ethanol, bioelectricity, and sugar company BP Bunge Bioenergia. This data helps it better understand its agricultural sugarcane production and improve its market intelligence estimates regarding global sugar production. Agribusiness leader Cajamar also uses it to help Spanish farmers improve yields and reduce environmental impact via its digital Plataforma Tierra tool.

Kareem Yusuf, general manager of IBM AI Applications, said 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, they're also being held increasingly accountable by shareholders and regulators for how their operations impact the planet,” he said.

The suite integrates with IBM's broader software portfolio for additional efficiencies across business operations, including IBM Maximo Application Suite to help companies protect and extend critical assets’ life cycle and IBM Supply Chain Intelligence Suite to help build more sustainable supply chains.

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Fairphone 4 Review: A modular phone for a wasteful world
Google Android

Fairphone 4 Review: A modular phone for a wasteful world

6 Jun 2022
CEOs place sustainability in top 10 business priorities for first time, study shows
sustainability

CEOs place sustainability in top 10 business priorities for first time, study shows

19 May 2022
IT sector urged to take advantage of sustainability "cash cow"
sustainability

IT sector urged to take advantage of sustainability "cash cow"

13 May 2022
Podcast transcript: Making data centres green again
data centres

Podcast transcript: Making data centres green again

4 Mar 2022

Most Popular

Salaries for the least popular programming languages surge as much as 44%
Development

Salaries for the least popular programming languages surge as much as 44%

23 Jun 2022
The UK's best cities for tech workers in 2022
Business strategy

The UK's best cities for tech workers in 2022

24 Jun 2022
LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022