This is one of the most critical issues for industries such as agriculture, energy and mining. And not only in Chile, but also worldwide. For this reason, they are investing significant resources to implement solutions to manage environmental impacts, and thus comply with environmental commitments and avoid fines.
Artificial intelligence is present in countless technological developments that seek to care for and preserve the environment. The Technology for Business site of the Chamber of Valencia, Spain, lists several cases. From the development of food resistant to meteorological catastrophes to the elaboration of 3D models for the conservation of the oceans. The possibilities offered by technology are enormous, to the point that today there are developments that are figuring out how to extinguish fires and avoid wasting food: two great challenges that climate change presents us.
At the same time, companies are adapting their technologies to apply greater measures of environmental care. This is the case of Telefónica, which, according to the ABC Soluciones de España site, has set itself the goal of being more neutral and green by 2040 with the migration from copper to fiber optics. With this, it seeks to reduce its energy consumption.
Likewise, the company's fleet management services or AI solutions such as Smart Agro, Smart Lighting or Smart Waste, contribute -according to their reports- positively to curbing climate change by at least 15%, and can reach up to 85%. %. In addition, the company is already working with its suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions in its supply chain by 30% per euro purchased by 2025 compared to 2016.
Artificial intelligence applied to compliance with environmental regulations in Chile
Another company that is exploring the use of artificial intelligence to support environmental management is Environmental Compliance, who developed the Environmental Non-Compliance Assessment and Classification System (SeyCIA). This is software that allows companies in various sectors such as mining, aquaculture and energy to comply with the regulations established by the Superintendence of the Environment (SMA) with AI.
“All companies in Chile have a significant number of environmental permits, therefore, they have to comply with a series of commitments, demands and obligations to maintain them. Otherwise, they face fines, temporary or permanent closure of a facility, or removal of the environmental permit, for example”, explains Boris Cerda, general manager of Environmental Compliance SpA.
SEyCIA takes a breach, evaluates it with the same factors used by the environmental authority and classifies the infraction into the types established by law: minor, serious and very serious infractions. The software uses evaluation criteria for each of the breaches of the environmental factors that the SMA occupies and that are published in the document "Methodological Bases for the Estimation of Sanctions". "Based on these criteria, we run a calculation algorithm, mainly through neural networks, that classifies non-compliance with the rules," he points out.
“This tool is the closest thing to the pattern that the authority handles when it audits companies, therefore, the result is a reflection of that perspective. It is a very good platform to establish corrective strategies and to make strategic decisions”.