IBM Project “Green Horizon” in China
IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that it is deploying the full force of its researchers in laboratories around the world in a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.
Announced today, July 7, and dubbed “Green Horizon”, the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization for industry.
Led by IBM’s China Research laboratory, the initiative will tap into the company’s network of 12 global research labs and create an ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.
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One of the first partners to come on board is the Beijing Municipal Government. Through a collaboration agreement, 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 as cognitive computing, optical sensors and the internet of things all based on a Big Data and analytics platform and drawing on IBM’s experience in weather prediction and climate modelling.
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“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,” said D.C. Chien, chairman and CEO, IBM Greater China Group.
“While other nations waited until their 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.”
According to IBM, China’s economic growth over the past several decades has raised the living standards of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens and led to China becoming the second largest economy in the world.
However, the resulting environmental impact, particularly air pollution, has become a priority for the Chinese government and a matter of global importance.
In the picture above: Dr. Jin Dong, Distinguished Engineer and Leader of IBM’s Green Horizon initiative.