AI and climate can go hand in hand… A report by AI for the Planet Alliance, BCG and BCG Gamma illustrates the benefits attributed to artificial intelligence technologies in the pursuit of the “net zero emissions” objective and the fight against climate change. This credo remains to be validated, which will depend on the availability of experts and AI solutions, as well as reliable data for analysis.
With 87% of decision-makers in the world who consider AI to be an essential tool in the fight against global warming, and 55% who have already used it, the mass seems to be over. The contributions of these technologies will be decisive for the climate transition. The international coalition AI for the Planet Alliance, which brings together leaders in AI and sustainability – sustainability, editor’s note, in other words eco-responsibility – is naturally convinced of this. It has just produced, in partnership with BCG and its subsidiary BCG Gamma, investigation carried out with 1055 technology and climate decision-makers in 14 countries.
It appears that more than 40% of organizations use or plan to use AI for climate transition. The most advanced players are found in particular in industry (including the automotive industry) and the public sector. At the other end of this scale, we find consumer goods and… the world of health!
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60% of the panel see AI primarily as a solution for better measurement and, ultimately, a reduction in CO2 emissions estimated in a range of between 5 and 10%.
For 40%, it will contribute to the forecasting of risks linked to climate change and to the improvement of long-term projections of localized disasters.
It should be noted that the question asked in the study evoked the generation of value… for the company. We dare to hope that the planet will also benefit from it.
The report also tried to understand what could hinder the progress of AI in a now general ecological transition “climate”.
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Unsurprisingly, the decision makers interviewed are worried about the lack of experts in these technologies (78%) or the limited availability of solutions otherwise difficult to use (77%).
They also regret, at 67%, lack of trust in data and, therefore, in the analyzes delivered by the AI.
Despite these drawbacks, AI for the Planet Alliance therefore calls on States to fund solutions based on these technologies. In fact, 67% of private sector respondents believe that governments should provide more support for AI climate solutions.
A modernized version of the good old stock market adage: ” Let’s privatize the benefits – here growth – and pool the losses – here the consequences on the environment. “.
The Government and Cigref call for energy sobriety
Against the backdrop of a heat wave and pressure on energy prices, Cigref has created a task force around initiatives to reduce electricity consumption specific to digital infrastructures and equipment. The association plans to publish in October, in free access on its site, a repository of good practices.
Pooling is also planned with the work carried out by other players in the digital ecosystem within the Convergences Numériques and Planet Tech’Care collectives, of which Cigref is a partner.
For their part, as part of the “energy sobriety” Plan, the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, and the Minister Delegate for the Digital Transition and Telecommunications, Jean-Noël Barrot, brought together representatives of the sector digital (telecom operators, French Tech ecosystems, France Digitale, Numeum and Start Industrie). The objective of reducing energy consumption by 10% in two years has been reaffirmed. Among the avenues mentioned are the drop in temperature in offices (to 19°C) and the increased use of teleworking.
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