Singapore, 1 September, 2022 – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has launched a sustainability challenge in Singapore to empower business and individuals locally with cloud computing innovations to address sustainability issues. The move is also in line with Singapore government’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 36% by 2030 to contribute to a climate-resilient world.
The challenge offers participants from all verticals such as retail, logistics, manufacturing, IoT, food and beverages, tourism and entertainment opportunities to learn from Alibaba Cloud’s industry experts and its ecosystem partners on how to improve business efficiencies in a sustainable way. Participants will also be introduced to “Energy Expert”, Alibaba Cloud’s self-proprietary sustainability platform that helps users worldwide measure, analyze and manage their business activities and products’ carbon emissions levels.
By helping users to automate their business carbon accounting and reporting process, Energy Expert is able to obtain real-time sustainability impact statistics for users to make informed decisions on their business operations. In addition, it can provide users with insights into their sources of carbon emissions and their products’ full life-cycle emissions based on the PAS 2060 and ISO 14064 standards on carbon neutrality.
The aim of introducing Energy Expert through the challenge is to enhance participants’ practical learning experiences on how to use technology to measure and quantify their carbon footprint through a prebuilt calculation model. Additionally, this platform is able to provide them with accurate carbon emission patterns through tapping on public emission factors datasets and Energy Expert’s proprietary datasets. With actionable insights on hand, businesses can better strategise their future-facing business development goals.
“Launching the sustainability challenge is in accordance with our efforts to nurture talents to build a sustainable Singapore,” said Dr Derek Wang, Singapore General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “Cloud-powered technology innovation goes hand-in-hand with building sustainable business. To this end, our top priority is to share our technology and expertise with Singapore’s growing talent pool and support the national agenda to build a sustainable future for the community, and become an energy-efficient and climate-resilient nation.
An online briefing on the challenge will be open to interested participants on 14 September, with applications closing on 31 October. The winner of the sustainability challenge will stand a chance to win receive cash prizes of up to SGD1,000 and cloud credits up to a value of USD5,000, and have the opportunity to work with industry experts to bring their ideas to life. In addition, there will be a chance for key winning products to be featured on Alibaba Cloud’s marketplace to help winners reach a global audience.
As an extension of its commitment to invest in digital talents, Alibaba Cloud has also launched a “Student Star Programme” in Singapore that aims to provide young technology talents with the chance to work with Alibaba’s in-house technology experts from various verticals. The six-month paid attaché programme can provide students with access to the inner workings of Alibaba Group’s various business units, with the hope to offer them broader and deeper understanding on real-life challenges.
In addition, Alibaba Cloud will be partnering with local educational institutions such as Nanyang Polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to offer both the Energy Expert and Student Star Programme to students and provide them with more access to the programmes’ benefits and team of experts.
As part of ongoing initiatives to nurture R&D talents in Artificial Intelligence and related areas, Alibaba Group and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) recently announced the continuation of the Alibaba Talent Programme (ATP) for a fourth year to support outstanding undergraduate and masters’ graduates in their pursuit of PhD degrees in these fields. To date, the programme has attracted over 2,500 applicants.
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