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UNFCCC teams up with Microsoft for AI-driven emissions reducing effort

Microsoft office building (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft office building (Source: Microsoft)
With a history of over 31 years, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed in its attempts to limit the negative influence of human activity on the climate system. However, the partnership with Microsoft might reshape mankind's future with the help of artificial intelligence.

Earlier this week, United Nations leaders and Microsoft officials unveiled a joined effort "that will enable the UNFCCC to create a new AI-powered platform and global climate data hub to measure and analyze global progress in reducing emissions." The goal of this project is to speed up the process of climate data validation and analysis, a significant effort since it involves data submitted by no less than 196 countries that signed the Paris Agreement.

According to Brad Smith, vice chair and Microsoft president, the new AI and data tools will allow the UNFCCC to move from today's approach, which often includes manual aggregation and analysis of carbon data, to a platform that will reduce human work to a minimum. 

The platform that Microsoft is now committed to build for the UNFCCC will feature support for the existing Enhanced Transparency Framework (PDF file) and, in addition to the data analysis tasks, it will also be able to run simulated carbon reduction scenarios based on the data it received access to, as well as benchmarks and data vizualization tasks.

The last item on Microsoft's to-do list is the creation of Global Climate Dashboards that would be subsequently published on the official UNFCC website. The tech giant and the United Nations will also host a series of climate action-focused events in the UNFCCC Pavilion (Blue Zone) at COP28, an event organized in Dubai for the global leaders between November 30 and December 12.


Microsoft (see the press release below)

UNFCCC partners with Microsoft to use AI and advanced data technology to track global carbon emissions and assess progress under the Paris Agreement

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Codrut Nistor, 2023-12- 1 (Update: 2023-12- 1)