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A responsible AI strategy for the environment

The world’s leading environmental scientists agree that humanity is rapidly approaching and exceeding planetary boundaries, which is why GPAI countries have put climate action and biodiversity preservation at the top of their agenda. As a general-purpose technology, AI can be harnessed responsibly to accelerate positive environmental action.

In 2022, the Working Group and Project RAISE (Responsible AI Strategy for the Environment) began to implement some of the recommendations of its AI & climate roadmap by assessing the environmental impacts of AI compute and preparing AI readiness booklets for key industries to achieve net-zero. The scope was also expanded to start building a roadmap on AI and biodiversity preservation.

These efforts built upon the important foundational work completed by the Working Group in 2021, which included a publication of an action-oriented set of recommendations to governments to guide policy makers developing climate action strategies.

The project is pursuing three deliverables within this mandate:

  • The AI footprint: measuring the environmental impacts of AI compute and applications, report drafted in consultation with RAI experts and the OECD.AI Expert Group on AI Compute and Climate.
  • AI readiness guidance booklets for net zero in four key sectors: energy, transport, agriculture, and foundation industries.
  • Biodiversity and AI: Opportunities and Recommendations for Action.