A responsible AI strategy for the environment
The combined fight against climate change and preservation of biodiversity represents one of the most pressing challenges humanity is facing. All GPAI Member countries have put this at the top of their agenda and have taken strong commitments, especially through the Paris Agreement signed in 2015. As a response, this project aims to develop a global responsible AI adoption strategy for climate action and biodiversity preservation.
Climate change and AI: Recommendations for government action (November 2021)
To prepare a first version of an action-oriented roadmap on the intersections between responsible AI and climate action to be disseminated ahead of the COP-26 in Glasgow, UK in November 2021.
The roadmap will include the following:
- A mapping of the key areas that would benefit from government investment in public research, starting with the Paris Accord commitments, to identify main gaps, leverage points, and friction points.
- An analysis of what the responsible use of AI in the context of climate action entails, including the risks in terms of privacy, fairness, control, safety, and security.
- A proposed capacity-building roadmap (e.g. expertise & tools, as well as access to relevant high-resolution data) for governments and key international organizations to systematically harness the power of AI & data in the ecological transitions.
- A public research roadmap identifying key areas requiring government support because of lack of short-term incentives.
The working group will also coordinate with other GPAI working groups to bring relevant climate action and biodiversity preservation related use-cases in their project work and help guide the development of responsible AI tools and solutions, including:
By 2022 and beyond, the working group will aim to establish cooperation channels to develop a global responsible AI adoption strategy, including:
- Working with experts to strength the climate action roadmap, and expand it beyond research to include development, adoption and upscale
- Working with institutional partners to anchor the climate action roadmap at the COP and in relevant fora.
- Expand the scope work to biodiversity promotion working with relevant experts and institutional partners and liaising with other GPAI working groups as needed, for instance, the subgroup on pandemic response to work on prevention of future pandemics.
- Developing an impact and risk assessment framework harnessing AI for climate action and biodiversity preservation responsibly, including specific key performance indicators.