Government launches £1.5 million AI programme for reducing carbon emissions

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launches new innovation program supporting the use of artificial intelligence to reduce carbon emissions
  • the AI ​​for Decarbonisation program is part of the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio
  • the program aims to stimulate further innovation in the UK in AI, drive growth and achieve Net Zero targets

Today (Tuesday 22 November) the Government launched a new innovation program supporting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.

The AI ​​for Decarbonisation programme, supported by £1.5 million in funding, is part of the Government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, and consists of separate streams of grant funding which will be launched in 2 initial stages.

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Stream 1, worth up to £500,000, will be provided to fund a virtual center of excellence on AI innovation and decarbonisation by March 2025, while Stream 2, worth up to £1 million, will fund innovation projects that Development of AI technologies to support decarbonisation.

Later in 2023, the government intends to provide additional funding to support priority areas in AI innovation identified by the virtual center of excellence as critical to achieving net-zero.

Science Minister George Freeman said:

The UK is one of the most advanced AI economies in the world, and AI technology is already having a transformative impact on our economy and society. But there is huge potential to do more.

The AI ​​for Decarbonisation program offers an exciting opportunity to leverage and develop the UK’s outstanding expertise in the field. Putting this rapidly evolving technology into action will enable us to save energy costs for businesses and households, create high-quality, skilled jobs, and kickstart millions of pounds of private investment while supporting our net-zero goals.

The aim of the program is to further stimulate innovation in the UK in the AI ​​sector, drive growth and achieve our net zero ambitions by encouraging collaboration in the field across the technology, energy and industrial sectors. The program builds on ideas developed in the National AI Strategy, published last year, which set out the ways in which AI will be able to support the UK in achieving its decarbonisation targets.

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Projects specifically encouraged to offer funding include the use of AI that can enable a faster transition to renewable energy, decarbonise industry by improving energy productivity and fuel switching, and reduce emissions in the agricultural sector.

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The AI ​​for Decarbonisation program is expected to increase market growth in the UK, reduce energy costs for a more competitive UK industry, leverage private investment in AI, and address the concerns of ethics, bias and equity in AI technologies with decarbonisation applications to increase.

The program opens for applications on November 22, 2022, and closes on January 19, 2022. Applications can be made via the AI ​​for Decarbonisation Funding page.


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