New Microsoft whitepaper focuses on sustainability and AI


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Microsoft has launched a new whitepaper ahead of COP28, taking place at Expo City in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December.

The whitepaper, titled ‘Accelerating Sustainability with AI: A Playbook’, outlines a strategy for governments, businesses and organisations looking to leverage AI.

According to the company, the playbook highlights unique abilities that AI possesses for overcoming bottlenecks that exist on the journey towards net zero.

Taking a five point approach to achieving this continuous cycle reportedly includes:

  • Investing in AI to accelerate sustainability solutions
  • Developing digital and data infrastructure for the inclusive use of AI for sustainability
  • Minimising resource use in AI operations
  • Advancing AI policy principles and governance for sustainability
  • Building workforce capacity to use AI for sustainability

“The defining issue of our generation”

Samer Abu-Ltaif, CVP and President of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA) at Microsoft said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our generation, impacting our communities and natural environment like never before.

“We are at a critical moment for environmental sustainability and it is vital that government leaders, businesses and civil society work hand in hand and use every tool available to us, including AI.

“In line with our commitment to share our learnings, innovations and best practices with decision makers, researchers, data scientists, developers and others, we hope this will serve as an important resource and a catalyst for how to unlock the full potential of AI for a sustainable future.”

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