Over the past 30 years China has contributed much to the world's economic growth, but this has caused an increase in environmental pollution. That's how the research institution IBM, in collaboration with the Beijing government, has launched the ten-year "Green Horizon" program to help China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens. The project sets out to intervene on three critical areas for sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization for industry.
Air quality management
The global urbanization is creating air pollution's problems for all major cities, including China. The city of Beijing will invest over 160 billion dollars to reduce the presence of fine particles in the air by 25% by 2017. To support the initiative, IBM is using all the most advanced computer technologies to enable the authorities to predict air quality in the city 72 hours in advance. In this way the government will be able to take rapid action to address environmental issues.
Renewable energy forecasting
The Chinese government has increased investment in solar, wind, hydro and biomass energy in a bid to decrease its dependency on fossil fuels. To support the objective, IBM has developed a forecasting system of renewable energy's availability with the goal of getting 13% of energy from non-fossil fuels by 2017.
Energy optimization for industry
Over the past 10 years China has become the biggest energy consumer in the world. The government has committed to reducing the carbon intensity by 40-45% by the year 2020, compared with 2005 levels. To support this goal, IBM is developing a new system to help monitor, manage and optimize the energy consumption industrial enterprises.