How AI can help to boost sustainability initiatives across the globe


By Olivia Taylor, freelance writer.

Both artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainability are at the forefront of every forward thinker’s mind. For business owners and other professionals, staying informed on the latest technological innovations and eco-friendly advancements is imperative to stay ahead of the curve.

While many industries have implemented AI, there’s still plenty more to learn, and more ways that we can utilize new technology to benefit our planet. Here, we take a look at some of the ways AI is already being used to boost sustainability efforts across the globe.

Supply chain transparency

Transparent supply chains give us a clearer picture of exactly which products on the market have been produced ethically and sustainably. AI can help us to track each step of the production process, right from the first stage of sourcing materials through to the moment the final product hits the shelves.

AI can foster this level of traceability in a number of ways. It can collect data that allows us to assess supplier performance, identify potential supply chain issues, and predict maintenance problems. Having access to this information is key to ensuring that sustainability standards are being met throughout the supply chain.

Optimized processes

For a company looking to make their processes more planet-friendly, consulting AI is often the first step. Thanks to the data-backed information it can provide, we can discern exactly what steps need to be taken in order to improve current procedures and make them more sustainable.

For example, we can use AI to determine which areas of a business are underperforming with regards to sustainability, by looking at the numbers. We can take a deep dive into each process to assess its problem areas, and use the data provided to optimize current processes to meet sustainability goals.

Regular maintenance and audits

Maintenance checks are key to ensuring health and safety as well as quality standards are being met. Apparatus that isn’t functioning optimally could be much less efficient, and potentially less sustainable as a result.

For example, checking that machinery doesn’t have any power faults can ensure energy usage is kept to a minimum. Likewise, ensuring that appliances aren’t damaged can prevent wasteful leaks. AI can be used to set up regular maintenance alerts and predict potential issues ahead of time.

Keeping up with sustainability best practices

It can be hard to ensure sustainability standards are being met without the use of AI – particularly when sustainability initiatives and processes are being implemented on such a large scale. Supply chain transparency, process optimization and regular maintenance checks are only the beginning. Thanks to AI, companies can assess how other organizations are performing with regard to sustainability across the globe, ensuring that they keep up with the best practices.

Olivia works in tech, so keeping up with all things artificial intelligence is part and parcel of the job. Besides her keen interest in AI, Olivia is driven to support local sustainability initiatives in her area.

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