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Artificial Intelligence for Climate Change Mitigation

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January 17, 2024

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm est

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for a discussion of how artificial intelligence (AI) can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. David Sandalow, lead author of the Artificial Intelligence for Climate Change Mitigation Roadmap, which was released last month, will explore that topic along with seven of the report’s co-authors. 

The report’s findings and recommendations include:

  • AI could make significant contributions to climate change mitigation. Areas of opportunity include emissions monitoring, the power sector, the manufacturing sector, materials innovation, the food system, and road transport.
  • Barriers to using AI to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include a lack of trained personnel and high-quality data. All institutions with a role in climate change mitigation should prioritize AI skills-development and explore ways to develop and share relevant data.
  • Risks related to AI – including bias, privacy, and safety issues – require careful attention when using AI for climate mitigation.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from computing infrastructure for AI are currently modest. The amount of such emissions in the years ahead is very uncertain.

The Artificial Intelligence for Climate Change Mitigation Roadmap is the 12th roadmap released as part of the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project. Information on previous roadmaps can be found in this booklet.

Moderator and Speaker: 

  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy; Chair, ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project

Speakers:

  • Zhiyuan Fan, Research Associate, Center on Global Energy Policy 
  • Julio Friedmann, Chief Scientist, Carbon Direct
  • Antoine Halff, Chief Analyst and Co-Founder, Kayrros; Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Alp Kucukelbir, Chief Scientist, Fero Labs; Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
  • Elena Méndez Leal, Master’s Degree Candidate at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
  • Colin McCormick, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; Chief Innovation Officer,  Carbon Direct
  • Trishna Nagrani, Business Development, Climeworks

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This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact CGEP Communications  ([email protected]). For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].

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