On Tuesday, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK government, announces an innovation program to support artificial intelligence for reducing carbon emissions. The innovation program, also known as AI for decarbonization, is part of the UK government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
The program comprises two separate streams for grant funding that will be launched in two initial stages. The stream1 worth up to £500,000 will be used to co-fund the virtual center of excellence on AI innovation and decarbonization till March 2025. Stream2, worth up to £1 million, is designed to fund projects that will empower the development of AI technologies to enable decarbonization.
Science Minister George Freeman said, “AI decarbonization program offers an exciting opportunity to use and develop UK’s AI expertise. Putting AI into action can enable people to save energy costs for businesses and households.”
The program aims to stimulate further innovations in the AI sector in the UK to drive growth and achieve net zero ambitions by encouraging collaboration across technology, energy, and industry sectors. The AI decarbonization program is built on the ideas developed in the National AI strategy published last year.