Tech giant IBM announced the launch of IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator, a new dashboard-based solution aimed at enabling organizations to track and address greenhouse gas emissions associated with their IBM Cloud workloads.
According to IBM, the new solution comes as businesses look to balance increased use of data- and energy-intensive workloads such as high performance computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning with growing ESG regulation and emissions reporting needs.
In a post announcing the new solution, Satinder Sethi, GM, IBM Cloud Infrastructure Services, said:
“As we see businesses continue to embrace hybrid cloud to achieve operational efficiency and energy-saving benefits, we believe cloud and data center energy efficiency will continue to grow in importance. Today, many businesses are tracking energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions across various IT infrastructures to address sustainability goals. However, 41% of executives surveyed in a recent Institute for Business Value study point to inadequate data as the biggest obstacle to their ESG progress.”
IBM’s new AI-informed solution enables users to view and analyze emissions over time – including by month, quarter and year – by location, cloud service, and organizational workstreams. The tool allows users to spot patterns, anomalies and outliers in data, enabling the identification of emissions hotspots, and to provide insights for emissions mitigation strategies.
IBM said that the Cloud Carbon Calculator can also help satisfy sustainability reporting needs, with the capability to integrate data into IBM’s Envizi ESG Suite.
“For IBM, reducing environmental impact to help create a more sustainable future is a top priority and we believe it is also something shared by many organizations. We are committed to helping clients align sustainability goals to business objectives.
“Building on IBM’s longstanding efforts to create a more sustainable future, the IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator is a new milestone in our commitment to helping clients turn sustainability ambition into action and create a more energy efficient future.”