IBM is going to deploy its full force of researchers around the world over the next 10 years as part of an initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and help protect the health of citizens. Project Green Horizon sets out to look beyond current practices in three areas critical to sustainable growth in China, namely; air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimisation for industry. IBM’s China Research laboratory will lead the initiative which will tap into the company’s network of 12 global research labs to create an innovation ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.
The Beijing Municipal Government is one of the first partners to join IBM and the two parties have agreed to work together to develop solutions which can help tackle the city’s air pollution challenges. The collaboration will leverage some of IBM’s most advanced technologies such a cognitive computing, optical sensors and the internet of things all based on a Big Data and analytics platform and drawing on IBM’s deep experience in weather prediction and climate modelling.
Chinas economic growth over the past several decades has raised the living standards of hundreds of millions of Chinese residents and has led to China becoming the second largest economy in the world. However, the result has had a big impact on the environment, particularly air pollution, which has now become a priority for the Chinese government and a matter of global importance also.
D.C. Chien, Chairman and CEO, IBM Greater China Group said, ‘China has made great achievements and contributed much to the world’s economic growth over the past 30 years. It now has an opportunity to lead the world in sustainable energy and environmental management. While other nations waited until economies were fully developed before taking comprehensive action to address environmental issues, China can leverage IBM’s most advanced information technologies to help transform its energy infrastructures in parallel with its growth.’
Dr. Lu Qiang, Professor at Tsinghua University, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said, ‘they key to tackling environmental problems is not only monitoring emissions but adopting a comprehensive approach to air quality management and addressing the issues at their roots. Initiatives like IBM’s Green Horizon can help by fostering joint innovation across the entire energy value chain.’
Adapted for web by Claira Lloyd
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