As international sustainability progress turns into extra urgent, organizations want tangible, transformative options to assist them transfer ahead sooner. Most haven’t progressed as a lot as they’d like. Whereas 85% of executives report that sustainability is strategically essential to their firm, solely 16% have built-in sustainability into their enterprise methods.
At this time, we’re introducing new information and AI options in Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability that present capabilities organizations must progress of their sustainability journey. These embody sooner environmental, social and governance (ESG) information analytics and insights, an AI assistant to assist speed up impactful decision-making and reporting, and different superior capabilities — all designed to assist organizations transfer the needle sooner.
Microsoft Material: A single analytics platform for sustainability information
In Could 2023, we unveiled Microsoft Material, an end-to-end, analytics SaaS platform that brings collectively all of a corporation’s enterprise information, together with ESG information that the corporate could not have had entry to earlier than. With Microsoft Material, your groups can connect with information from wherever, uncover insights utilizing AI-powered analytics instruments in a unified expertise, and embed these insights within the functions your folks use each day to drive motion and enhance decision-making.
Now in preview, sustainability information options in Microsoft Material permits organizations to speed up their time to insights and sustainability progress by offering out-of-the-box ESG information mannequin, connectors and reporting. By connecting your ESG information with Microsoft Material you may flip volumes of sustainability information into significant insights and progress.
Copilot and clever insights: AI help for higher, sooner selections
With centrally managed information and Copilot in Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor, now in preview, organizations can use highly effective generative AI and pure language queries to achieve sooner strains of sight into and solutions out of knowledge. Organizations can ask Copilot questions, and Copilot will work throughout Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor to:
- Shortly analyze environmental information and floor discount alternatives in areas like carbon and water use, saving work and time.
- Speak to sustainability information — ask questions and retrieve solutions shortly.
- Draft sustainability preparatory experiences, lowering time and releasing up sources to give attention to different priorities.
With clever insights in Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor, additionally in preview, organizations get an built-in and interactive AI mannequin enabling deeper evaluation of calculated emissions information. Utilizing it, they will:
- See the place their information wants cleansing or the place extra full information is required.
- Scan the group’s information to determine each short- and long-term discount alternatives.
- Advantageous-tune selections primarily based on historic traits, seasonality and information anomalies.
Södra, Sweden’s largest forest-owner affiliation with 52,000 house owners of responsibly managed forests, processes sustainable uncooked supplies from members’ forests into renewable merchandise. Utilizing Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor with new AI capabilities, Södra has improved sustainability practices like reporting by way of automated flows that allow staff to extra simply gather detailed data.
“With the AI capabilities in Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor, we could be extra productive, which is our final objective,” shares Cristian Brolin, Chief Digital Officer at Södra. “We discovered the Copilot function very simple to make use of and my imaginative and prescient and ambition is that this can assist speed up the way in which we work. We’re excited to see how this answer helps speed up our sustainability progress.”
ESG worth chain answer: Working with suppliers to drive reductions
For many organizations, provider actions can account for upward of 80-90% of their emissions footprint. Getting a deal with on this information is essential to assembly discount targets and reporting necessities.
ESG worth chain answer in Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor, now typically obtainable, permits organizations to simplify information assortment and gives a seamless and safer course of for suppliers. Organizations can run superior analytics on ESG worth chain information in a single place and discover emissions discount alternatives inside their worth chain.
At Microsoft, our procurement group has discovered that getting information out of siloed experiences, spreadsheets, and programs into one information property and sharing learnings with others is essential to advancing our personal progress in addition to others’ progress. By means of extra automated information gathering and administration, resembling by way of ESG worth chain answer, we can’t solely extra simply share information but in addition reply extra nimbly to altering regulatory necessities.
Driving sustainable enterprise towards new progress alternatives
In line with analysis by the United Nations and Accenture, 98% of CEOs see sustainability as a core to their function, and two out of three are forming partnerships and taking motion on sustainability. Many are additionally translating these actions into new enterprise fashions and progress.
Allegiant Stadium, dwelling to the Las Vegas Raiders, is utilizing Microsoft Sustainability Supervisor to help a state-of-the artwork and vitality environment friendly facility that hosted the 2024 Tremendous Bowl. Allegiant obtained LEED Gold certification, is 100% powered by renewable vitality from native photo voltaic farms and is utilizing Microsoft options to assist manage information to tell selections about useful resource utilization.
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is designed to be extensible by companions, together with specialists working on the intersections of sustainability and AI. For instance, Avanade’s copilot for ESG takes the friction out of regulatory compliance reporting, producing audit-ready experiences towards new and current ESG frameworks.
We’re proud to have a rising, international ecosystem of sustainability answer, advisory and implementation companions working intently with us, to construct and deploy capabilities that may deal with the broad, multifaceted and complicated challenges in sustainability.
On the intersection of sustainability and AI, the probabilities are huge for any group to refocus enterprise round remodeling operations, reinventing manufacturers and exploring new enterprise alternatives. Microsoft AI delivers on this potential and the wants of our prospects with a accountable method to AI that’s primarily based on sturdy analysis, verification and validation.
Utilizing the facility of knowledge and AI, sustainability progress isn’t simply doable however tangible. Organizations can achieve effectivity and accuracy in decision-making and reporting in addition to new methods of doing and rising enterprise — on an thrilling, shared path to a transformative future.