SDG&E creates a list of ‘world-changing ideas’ for a tool to help reduce emissions in the most affected areas

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An SDG&E service truck, the company has been honored for a digital tool that serves as a guide to reducing emissions in polluted communities. Video image.

A digital tool developed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to help reduce vehicle emissions from its fleet has been named to fast company 2022 list “Ideas that change the world”.

The tool, aimed at limiting emissions in communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change, was highlighted by the publication’s program, which recognizes technology and innovations that address social inequality, climate change and health crises. public.

The SDG&E Community Impact Platform, developed in conjunction with Accenture, received honorable mentions in categories focused on artificial intelligence, climate, and large employers. It was also named a finalist in the “Lasting Impact” business category.

The company and other honorees appear in the May 10 issue of the magazine.

The SDG&E platform overlays advanced fleet GPS and vehicle data with socioeconomic data to model different vehicle replacement scenarios to help reduce emissions in vulnerable communities.

“The Community Impact Platform is a perfect example of how SDG&E uses innovation and technology to reduce emissions in our communities and build a more sustainable and equitable future for all,” said Ben Gordon, who serves as chief information and digital officer. of the company.

With the tool, SDG&E can map the deployment of zero-emission vehicles to help offset the effects of climate change and pollution within its service territory in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

To date, the platform has leveraged artificial intelligence to aggregate more than 80 million data points to help estimate and visualize the carbon emissions associated with each vehicle in the SDG&E fleet across daily commutes.

The team behind this has integrated a smart vehicle replacement model into the platform to help prioritize fleet and other investments to meet SDG&E and regional sustainability and climate equity goals.

The winners of the World Changing Ideas award were chosen by a panel of judges from across sectors, based on feasibility and potential for greatest impact. Siemens, a German manufacturing company with locations throughout the US, was named Company of the Year.

SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE:SRE).

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