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Google Cloud's new sustainability platform aims to bring enterprise climate goals down to earth.
FREMONT, CA: The world is at a very delicate stage at the moment due to all the human interference with the natural course of life. Factors like deforestation, pollution, abuse of natural resources and more are posing a threat to the climate. Simultaneously, the world is mobilizing around climate action. People all over the world are demanding progress, and governments and companies are making commitments to transform our lifestyle on this planet. Businesses, governments and organizations are drowning in data but they also need insights into this data and this is the biggest challenge they have been facing so far.
Initially, Google Earth was launched in 2010 and it could only be used by scientists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Now it is available on Google Cloud for use by all its customers. It can be used for tracking changes in habitats and ecosystems by enterprises. Google Earth combines satellite, publicly available, geospatial, and internal data so that customers can visualize the impact of their materials that can be used across operational ecosystems.
How Organizations are Using Earth Engine
Last October the preview of Earth Engine was announced and since then Google has been working with a large number of organizations and companies to use Earth Engine’s satellite imagery and geospatial data in innovative ways. These companies range from consumer packaged goods to agricultural technology to insurance companies and the public sector. With the addition of this latest solution and a combination of the existing tools and its new applications, Google adds to its sustainable portfolio. In the coming weeks, Google plans on launching its tracking technologies and programs. Carbon Sense Suite, Google Public Sector and Sustainability Hub marketplace are some other significant applications.
Implications for industrial sustainability and energy transition
Companies are being pushed to think beyond their business footprint due to the challenges they face today which are related to social, environmental and sustainable governance goal setting. When it comes to planning and implementing industrial sustainability and energy transition Google has been making heatwaves. Managing and reporting scope 3 emissions is a very daunting task when compared to scope 1 or 2 emissions. Most industries can identify and improve scope 1 and 2 emissions. Google will soon be providing a set of tools in process areas such as fleet electrification and supply chain management. All the business improvements underway will be dwarfed due to complexities associated with data. Therefore shortly companies are more likely to lean on their partner community for production issues and complex operations.