Ecopetrol, Accenture and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have developed a first-of-its-kind cloud-based water management solution to help advance sustainability and operational efficiencies for energy companies.
The solution, which will be housed on an open platform, addresses the entire water lifecycle from access to treatment, recycle/reuse and disposal, enabling organizations to seek water neutrality alongside net-zero carbon emissions for a sustainable future.
Working closely with Ecopetrol and AWS, Accenture developed the solution to become an industry platform that creates a single source of data, connecting existing ad hoc information to water volume and quality analyses, as well as costs optimization across the value chain to support decision-making.
Leveraging Accenture’s industry insights and leading cloud capabilities from AWS, the solution will help Ecopetrol reduce its water footprint by providing a greater understanding of how to decrease the amount of fresh water it captures from local sources to improve water treatment. It will also increase the reuse of produced water and wastewater in refining, exploration and production assets.
Like other sustainability initiatives, water conservation is a big data problem. By combining data from previously disparate sources across Ecopetrol’s operations, and using AWS cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence services, this technology will enable companies across the energy industry to achieve water neutrality.
Julie Sweet, chair and chief executive officer at Accenture, said: “Ecopetrol is visionary in its aspiration to achieve water neutrality – and in helping the energy industry advance toward this critical sustainability goal. We are honored to be working with Ecopetrol and AWS on this industrial-strength solution, which we will continuously evolve as technology advances and industries identify new applications.”
Adam Selipsky, chief executive officer at AWS, added: “The conservation and sustainable management of water is a priority for communities and companies around the world, and through leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS, Ecopetrol and Accenture are tackling this challenge at scale.”