By Laura Barron-Lopez - 07/07/14 11:13 AM EDT
New York-based International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) said Monday it plans to help China manage its air quality and energy consumption.
IBM is working with Beijing's municipal government on a program that would determine the type, source and level of emissions, and predict air quality in the capital, Bloomberg News reports.
Another element of the project could include a system that can track energy consumption of industrial companies that make up more than 70 percent of China's energy consumption.
As the No. 1 emitter of greenhouse gases, China's air quality problem has become a central issue in the nation's political realm.