IBM is no slouch when it comes to going green. Now they’re helping others to do the same. The company has started up a Green Sigma consulting practice that coaches businesses on how to reduce their energy and water usage to save tons of money, improve their image to customers, and of course help out the environment.
The system uses networked sensors and data analysis software that watches how much is used at a company’s facility as well as its supply chain partners, monitors the numbers, and suggests ways to cut back.
The system is in pilot project mode right now, but we can be pretty sure that if it is relatively successful, companies will be able to utilize it soon. And it has been relatively successful so far. IBM made some big conservation moves of its own and at two of its facilities and at two customers’ facilities to save $310 million. One solution of instituting a work-at-home program saved 8 million gallons of gas. IBM improved energy efficiency at its Dublin, Ireland operation by 20%.
Companies are under serious strain to save money in our crummy economy, and show increasingly aware consumers that they’re green at heart so that people will keep buying their product or service. Reducing consumption is really the easiest way to kill two birds with one stone.
Having a company like IBM launch a really serious platform with which to do this on a large scale is encouraging, since it hopefully means we’ll see some actual conservation happening soon.
Via cnet; photo via IBM
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