There are multiple benefits to gain from investing resources into sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts \u2014 including operational efficiencies, swift compliance with regulations, employee and customer satisfaction, as well as the criticality of addressing climate change.\nIT leaders have a significant role to play here. Estimates project that by 2040, IT operations will produce 14% of the world\u2019s carbon-dioxide emissions \u2014 up from 4% today.\nThere is an opportunity to reduce these emissions, support sustainable business growth, and achieve other advantages by addressing IT systems and processes. And it should start with the network architecture.\nIT consumes significant energy \n\u201cIT energy consumption is controllable, and every reduction of carbon emissions counts in the decade ahead,\u201d said Patrick Ames, Editor in Chief, Juniper Books, who has published books that help organizations become \u201cgreener.\u201d\nThere are certainly opportunities to become more energy efficient. For example, IT teams often spend 40% of their time troubleshooting network problems, having to gather data and replicate issues before being able to resolve them. Large enterprises with distributed offices and remote workers face additional challenges; network administrators and IT experts sometimes must travel to an affected site to diagnose and remediate problems, adding fuel consumption to the CO2 tally.\nAnother area where IT can make an impact: optimizing energy use at facilities and offices. Many organizations use always-on services to run not just lights and HVAC systems, but also computer hardware such as server appliances and batteries that power beacon location services and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.\nAn intelligent approach to sustainability\nA network architecture that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) technologies should be the first step toward addressing IT energy consumption. Machine learning, for example, is used for rapid root-cause identification of network issues, and natural language processing (NLP) simplifies and speeds up support queries. Coupled with automation and analytics, these technologies can provide actionable insights and proactive remediation \u2014 and even self-healing.\nPredictive and proactive resolution is an area where IT leaders can make a sustainability impact using an AI-driven network, says Bob Friday, Chief AI Officer and CTO of Enterprise Business at Juniper Networks. \u201cBy eliminating the toil around troubleshooting, organizations not only reduce the manual time to resolve a problem, they also can reduce the need for network experts to travel to a remote site for remediation.\u201d\nFor example, a clothing retailer was able to reduce technical staff visits to its stores by 85% using an AI-driven network platform, which identifies issues before they become problems.\nIn the report \u201cDay One Green: Using the GHG Protocol Framework to Examine Technology\u2019s Role in Reducing Emissions,\u201d author Paddy Berry describes another way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: intelligent location systems to optimize building energy usage and reduce the need for always-on services.\nFor example, the Mist AI\u2122 network platform with built-in location services enables:\n\nBroader understanding of building use and occupancy to help IT and business leaders better plan and consolidate real estate\nAutomated temperature management using built-in sensors\nAutomated power management of IoT and smart devices\nOccupancy-based lighting and power management through automation\n\nIntelligent services are part of the foundation of an AI-driven network and enable AI operations (AIOps). \u201cAIOps helps you manage the network from end to end \u2014 from users or devices to the cloud and back,\u201d Friday says.\nIt not only helps organizations quickly identify and remediate network issues to reduce manual toil and energy consumption, AIOps also \u201cimproves compliance efforts and the overall user experience,\u201d he says.\nAs sustainability and ESG regulations increasingly take center stage, IT leaders have an opportunity to make a difference in compliance as well as green initiatives. Mist AI can aid in these efforts.\n\u201cJuniper provides a wide variety of network equipment and software which, when combined together, can facilitate some of the environmental IT outcomes which businesses are striving to deliver,\u201d Berry writes.\nLearn more about how Mist AI helps you go green from Day 1.