How to Innovate Sustainably with AI and Machine Learning

BY Claire Mirran

Understanding the value that sustainable innovation can bring to society and business is an essential ingredient for success in the rapidly changing world we live in today. Without a doubt, the public sense of urgency towards developing a greener future has skyrocketed as 2020 has proven that humans cannot win in a race against climate change. Developing new tools, strategy and — inevitably — a new culture allows for businesses to redirect their efforts into a greener future that is more efficient and less costly for all.

“Developing new tools, strategy and — inevitably — a new culture allows for businesses to redirect their efforts into a greener future that is more efficient and less costly for all.”

There are many ways in which organizations can rise to today’s challenges through innovation. AI can be leveraged in many industries and sectors to contribute to managing sustainability. These use cases include: AI-infused clean distributed energy grids, precision agriculture, sustainable supply chains, environmental monitoring and enforcement, and enhanced weather and disaster prediction and response. Research by PwC UK, models the economic impact of AI’s environmental application across: agriculture, water, energy and transport. The data indicates that AI (environmental) applications can contribute up to $5.2 trillion USD by 2030. The application model also indicates that AI has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4% in 2030. These models represent just one major piece where AI can have a powerful impact on the world and the battle in combating major climate changes.

Protecting our planet is essential to ensure the survival of humanity and by extension, our communities and businesses. All organizations have the opportunity to reframe their approach and efforts to fit that agenda — without increasing costs in the long term.

AI is here, and it has the potential to support us as we move to a sustainable future.

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