December 3, 2023, Dubai, UAE: The UNIDO AIM Global Alliance, represented by Mr. Aleksei Savrasov, Industrial Development Officer, Division of Digital Transformation and AI Strategies, made a case for AI in climate change mitigation at the “Accelerating Innovation towards Net Zero – The Launching Event of the ICEF Roadmap” at COP28.
The Roadmap’s focus on practical AI applications in climate change mitigation was supported by UNIDO. Mr. Savrasov outlined UNIDO’s alignment with the ICEF Roadmap on AI for Climate Change Mitigation, emphasizing the transformative potential of AI in the fight against climate change. He highlighted the need for sustainable AI applications within the industrial sector and the roadmap’s collaborative approach as a reflection of the AIM-Global Alliance’s goals. Mr. Savrasov stressed the need for collaboration in AI-driven environmental sustainability, bridging the digital divide for effective climate action, backed by innovations in renewable energy and smart grid applications.
Esteemed speakers included Mr. Izuru Kobayashi, Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); Dr. Noel Bakhtian, Director of Tech Acceleration, Bezos Earth Fund and executives from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The panel, under the moderation of Mr. David Sandalow, also featured insights from Dr. Julio Friedmann, Chief Scientist at Carbon Direct; Dr. Roland Roesch, Director of the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Ms. Trishna Nagrani, Co-founder of Kaiku.
The event, a collaborative initiative by METI and NEDO, was hosted at the Japan Pavilion, in the Expo City Dubai.