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Harnessing AI for the Sustainability Journey

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help companies in many ways, including their sustainability efforts. Here are some AI applications companies can leverage for their sustainability journey while enhancing their environmental and social positioning.

As the world faces pressing environmental challenges, companies increasingly recognize their sustainable responsibility and the growing need to integrate sustainable practices into their operations. Fostering sustainable practices for businesses is both a regulatory requirement and a consumer demand. According to a study conducted by McKinsey & Company, nearly 50% of Gen Z and Millennials consumers prefer environmentally friendly products and are willing to pay more for them. As achieving sustainability goals requires innovative approaches, companies are seeking technology solutions to take their sustainability compliance to the next level. 

Among the various technological advancements, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands out as a powerful tool for addressing the pressing challenges of sustainability. AI offers diverse innovative solutions that have the power to potentially revolutionize sustainable development in many areas, from sustainable agriculture and resource management to climate change mitigation and many others. Businesses can also benefit from the transformative potential of AI solutions and significantly enhance their sustainability efforts and sustainability compliance.

AI solutions are not an organizational replacement for the sustainability teams but a considerable enhancement that could augment the team’s efforts. By streamlining many of the mundane processes and daily tasks, sustainability teams can focus on strategy and driving the sustainability agenda within the organization as well as networking and building cross-functional trust with different teams. 

In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways companies can harness AI for their sustainability journey, while reducing their carbon footprint, optimizing their supply chain, and empowering their reporting practices.

Leveraging AI to enhance your sustainably reporting efforts

With the growing emphasis on sustainability and global increase in reporting regulations, companies are not only expected to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner but also transparently report those efforts to their stakeholders. To easily comply with reporting frameworks such as SASB, CSRD and others, AI can serve as a transformative tool in enhancing reporting efficiency and transparency.  Here are some of the ways AI can help with sustainability reporting practices:

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Leveraging AI to Optimize Supply Chains

Supply chains can greatly impact a company’s sustainability efforts, encircling the entire lifecycle of a product covering raw materials extraction, end-of-life disposal and end-to-end distribution. Supply chains also make up a major part of Scope 3 emissions which are now mandatory to report on in some countries. If managed improperly, supply chains could lead to production waste, energy inefficiency, increased GHG emissions and other problems. Here are some of the ways AI can help with these issues:

Leveraging AI to Reduce Carbon Footprints

AI can play a significant role in reducing carbon footprints in business operations in various ways, here are a few examples: 

As businesses pour more efforts and resources into their sustainability journey, they are seeking technological solutions to support them and streamline their sustainability practices. Harnessing the different applications of AI can help companies improve their environmental and social performance, enhance stakeholder engagement and efficiently generate AI-powered sustainability reports enabling companies to better allocate resources. 

In the next article, we will dive into some examples and see how companies from different industries are harnessing AI for their sustainability efforts as well as examine the top companies leveraging AI technologies for sustainability.

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