Alibaba Cloud announced the global launch of Energy Expert, a sustainability platform which helps customers measure, analyse, and manage the carbon emissions of their business activities and products.
Alibaba reported in a press release statement that this platform, a software-as-a-service offering, also provides actionable insights and energy-saving recommendations to help Alibaba’s customers accelerate their sustainability journeys, in alignment with Alibaba’s carbon neutrality pledge. This was announced on June 30 2022.
Achieving Carbon Neutrality with Streamlined Solutions
Alibaba first announced its pledge for carbon neutrality in December 2021. As part of this pledge, Alibaba not only set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030, but also introduced a Scope 3+ target, an initiative which aims to facilitate 1.5 gigatons of decarbonisation across its entire business ecosystem by 2035.
In a press release statement first announcing the Scope 3+ target, Dr. Chen Long, Vice President of Alibaba Group and Chair of Alibaba’s Sustainability Steering Committee, said that “the concept of ‘Scope 3+’ is based on the potential of leveraging our digital platforms to influence and advocate for low carbon products, services and behaviour among a wider group of stakeholders in our ecosystem, and share our energy-efficient technologies and innovative business tools with customers and business partners to reduce the carbon footprint together.”
Alibaba Cloud’s Energy Expert platform was first deployed in China in February 2022, serving over 2000 companies and generating energy savings of over 2 million KW hours daily.
As such, Energy Expert, a significant step for Alibaba to achieve its sustainability goals, may now also empower its customers to step up their own carbon management efforts.
General Manager of Product and Solutions at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Chen Lijuan affirmed that “Energy Expert is designed to help companies achieve their carbon neutrality goals through advanced technologies and streamlined solutions. We hope our proven innovation can be helpful for our global customers to achieve their net zero targets through insightful actions and informed sustainability practices.”
According to Alibaba Cloud, Energy Expert works by enabling customers to automate their carbon accounting and reporting process at a corporate and product level, obtaining real-time sustainability impact statistics. Energy Expert also allows customers to identify the sources of carbon emissions from their business operations, and quantify their carbon footprint.
Energy Expert also promotes carbon management across network, treating carbon management as an industry-wide collective effort. The platform achieves this goal by providing companies with authoritative online carbon footprint accounting and certification, allowing customers to validate and communicate their energy saving progress to stakeholders.
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