Alibaba Cloud tests AI-driven carbon measurement tool 

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has tested its (artificial intelligence) AI-driven sustainability solution, Energy Expert, prior to Olympic Esports Week held recently in Singapore.

Energy Expert has been trialed to measure and analyze carbon emissions from temporary construction built to host the first Olympic Esports Week, generating data-driven insights on the choice of materials and equipment. 

The test found that the carbon footprint of temporary construction is estimated at 274 tons CO2e, after replacing 60% of printed signage with digital alternatives which led to 14 tons CO2e of carbon dioxide emissions reductions, as well as reusing 50% of carpets after the event that would slash emissions further by 10 tons CO2e.

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“We are always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, and we’re pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud to apply cutting-edge technologies to measure carbon emissions so we can continue to make a difference,” said Vincent Pereira, head of Virtual Sport of IOC Sports Department.

The tool has been deployed through Alibaba Cloud’s partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This software-as-a-service tool was used by the Local Organizing Committee to compare the relative impacts of several types of materials and equipment.

Quantifying carbon footprint

The company monitored the impact of energy consumption, waste management, and signage and decoration using a series of metrics.

Energy Expert allows event organizers to identify the sources of the carbon emissions from venue construction and operation, quantify the carbon footprint generated by a venue and visualize a venue’s sustainability performance via an integrated dashboard and online reports.

Alibaba Cloud said that the esports industry has a growing environmental impact as the sport becomes more mainstream. 

The inaugural Olympic Esports Week, took place at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 23.