Alibaba Cloud launches a solution to manage its level of carbon footprint

Energy Expert is a sustainability-focused platform available to global clients to measure, analyze and better manage carbon emissions.

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence and digital technology arm of Alibaba Group, announces the global launch of Energy Expert, its platform that helps customers better manage their level of carbon footprint. The Software as a Service (SaaS) offering also provides actionable insights and energy saving recommendations to help accelerate and improve their CSR performance.

The move is part of Alibaba’s commitment to carbon neutrality that was unveiled last year. The company was the first to use the concept of “Scope 3+” and is committed to sharing its energy efficiency technologies with its customers and business partners, uniting them in their collective efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

In China, the innovation was deployed in February by more than 2,000 companies, resulting in energy savings of more than 2 million kilowatt hours per day, a reduction of 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions since February .

Energy Expert helps automate the carbon accounting and reporting process and get real-time statistics on sustainability impact. It enables them to identify the sources of carbon emissions from their daily business activities as well as the full life cycle of their products, based on the PAS 2060 and ISO 14064 standards.

The carbon footprint can also be quantified through a pre-built calculation model based on public emission factor datasets and Energy Expert’s proprietary datasets. Additionally, the solution provides real-time visibility into carbon emission patterns and performance trends through online dashboards and reports.

“Energy Expert is designed to help businesses achieve their carbon neutral goals through advanced technologies and streamlined solutions,” said Chen Lijuan, general manager of products and solutions at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “We hope that our innovation will be useful to our customers around the world to help them achieve their net zero goals through relevant actions. »

In addition, the solution provides state-of-the-art energy efficiency and emissions forecasting analytics through deep learning-based AI models that are hosted on Alibaba Cloud. To help customers minimize their overall environmental impact, Energy Expert also offers optimization plans such as the use of clean energy, the reduction of excessive electricity consumption during peak hours or the optimization of the supply chain from source of materials to shipment of products.

Energy Expert also works with TÜV Rheinland to provide authoritative online carbon footprint accounting and certification, helping customers easily validate and communicate their energy saving progress.

Energy Expert also played a key role in the measures implemented at Alibaba’s Xixi headquarters in Hangzhou.. Thanks to the proposed energy saving ideas – such as the intelligent control of the air conditioning system and the installation of solar panels on the roof which produce 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year – the solution has reduced the power consumption of the headquarters by 30% outside peak hours and to save 17% of the energy used for air conditioning in summer.

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