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AI in tackling climate change
Thursday, 3 November 2022 12:00 PM GMT

Past Event

Virtual

3 Nov.

Thursday, 12:00 GMT

AI in tackling climate change

In this talk, we will explore the role of Artificial Intelligence in significantly reducing carbon emissions

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When: Nov 3, 2022 12:00 PM London Time
Topic: The Role of AI in Tackling Climate Change


The path to net zero requires large investment in physical infrastructure at a global scale. Replacing carbon intensive with zero emission technologies is essential to transforming the energy systems that support modern society. However, a transition of such magnitude cannot happen overnight and the accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere mean that time is a critical factor in mitigating disastrous climate change.

As a digital technology, AI solutions are not bound by the same constraints as physical technologies in terms of cost or access, and this gives them the potential for impact at the gigatons scale. One of the most powerful branches of AI that has seen significant breakthroughs in recent years is Reinforcement Learning.

We will discuss the RL framework and how it opens a class of problems in operation and decision support across a range of industries that are major sources of emissions. We will also share results from Carbon Re: an AI spin out from UCL and Cambridge that is deploying AI to reduce emissions from the cement and steel industry which combined account for over 15% of global emissions.

The Role of AI in Tackling Climate Change