IBM Unveils Tool to Help Companies Measure Sustainability Objectives

IBM is introducing a new tool to help enterprises track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across cloud services along with the ability to advance sustainability performance throughout the hybrid, multi-cloud journey.

Now generally available, the IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator—an AI-informed dashboard—can help clients access emissions data across a variety of IBM Cloud workloads such as AI, high performance computing (HPC), and financial services.

The IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator is designed to quickly spot patterns, anomalies, and outliers in data that are potentially associated with higher GHG emissions.

Based on technology from IBM Research and through a collaboration with Intel, the tool uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to help organizations uncover emissions hot spots in their IT workload and provide them with insights to inform their emissions mitigation strategy, according to the company.

"As part of any AI transformation roadmap, businesses must consider how to manage the growth of data across cloud and on-premise environments. This is especially critical today as we see organizations face increasing pressure from investors, regulators, and clients to reduce their carbon emissions," said Alan Peacock, general manager, IBM Cloud. "For IBM, reducing environmental impact to help create a more sustainable future is a top priority and we are committed to helping clients achieve both sustainability and business goals. With the AI-enabled IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator, we're helping clients better understand the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their IT workloads and giving them the insights to adjust their strategies and further their sustainability objectives."

Clients are already using the IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator to address their sustainability goals. This includes e.tres, an Argentinian ecommerce platform, who is using the dashboard to measure greenhouse gas emissions.

The IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator is designed to give clients access to standards-based GHG emissions data for IBM Cloud workloads with just a few clicks.

Its capabilities include:

  • Track emissions across various workloads down to the cloud service level for enterprise accounts
  • Identify GHG emissions hot-spots and opportunities for improvement
  • Leverage data for GHG emission reports

As companies embrace hybrid cloud, IBM Cloud and IBM Research plan to continue their close collaboration and work with its partners, such as Intel, to execute programs and activities aimed at helping clients reduce compute-related GHG emissions and increase energy efficiency.

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