Scottish gov. awards £170k in AI funding to tackle climate crisis


The Scottish Government has awarded a total of £170,000 to six applicants that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle the global climate emergency.

The six projects will develop AI-enabled technology through the country’s Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by Scottish Enterprise.

Projects include using AI to develop more efficient food supply chains, an AI-based thermal imaging service to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes and a waste and resources map to identify recycling opportunities for waste and by-products.

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Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes said “Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge that we are facing a global climate emergency and we will do everything we can to make a difference.

“Our commitment to meeting ambitious emissions targets makes it vital that we develop new technologies – including harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence.

“Scotland has a proud tradition as a leader in technical innovation and is home to a huge array of companies pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I am excited to see what they produce with the support of this fund.”

Linda Hanna, MD for Scottish Economic Development at Scottish Enterprise, said: “This challenge fund calls on our most innovative companies to apply leading-edge technology in tackling one of the biggest challenges facing mankind.

“It’s inspiring to see ingenuity and passion from Scotland’s business base, alongside the talent that makes us such a highly competitive business location. We look forward to working with these companies as they examine the potential of AI to make a lasting, positive change for our environment, economy and people.”

Each of the successful applicants will work over a 10-week period to develop their initial concepts. Up to three applicants will progress to phase 2 and will produce minimum viable products.

Full details of the successful applicants can be found on the Scottish Enterprise media centre.

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