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An SDG&E service truck, The company has been honored for a digital tool that serves as a guide to reduce emissions in polluted communities. Image from video.

A digital tool developed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to help reduce its fleet vehicle emissions has been named to Fast Company’s 2022 “World Changing Ideas” list.

The tool, aimed at limiting emissions in communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change, was noted by the publication’s program, which honors technology and innovations that tackle social inequality, climate change and public health crises.

SDG&E’s Community Impact Platform, developed in conjunction with Accenture, received honorable mentions in categories focusing on artificial intelligence, climate and large employers. It was named a finalist in the “Enduring Impact” business category as well.

The company and other honorees are featured in the magazine’s May 10 issue.

The SDG&E platform overlays advanced fleet GPS and vehicle data with socioeconomic data to model different scenarios of vehicle replacement 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 the company’s chief information and digital officer. 

Using 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 cluster over 80 million data points to help estimate and visualize the carbon emissions associated with each vehicle in SDG&E’s fleet throughout daily trips.

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

World Changing Ideas award winners were chosen by a panel of judges across sectors, based on feasibility and the potential for further impact. Siemens, a German manufacturing firm with locations throughout the U.S., was named Company of the Year.

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