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Germany: artificial intelligence in environmental sector

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers significant opportunities to protect the environment, mitigate climate change, conserve resources and reverse the loss of biodiversity. Innovations based on AI can promote sustainable consumption, accelerate the expansion of renewable energies, reduce marine litter and facilitate a switch to sustainable transport.

To this end, the Federal Environment Ministry has set up an initiative for AI lighthouse projects for the environment, climate, nature and resources. This initiative promotes projects that use AI to tackle ecological challenges and serve as models for an environmentally sound and climate-friendly digitalisation.

By supporting these projects, the Federal Environment Ministry creates a positive climate for innovations for a key technology in Germany. The projects demonstrate that digital innovations like AI help stabilise the climate and protect the environment while also limiting the risks of digitalisation. The initiative is geared towards industry, science and civil society and comprises two lines of funding to address projects at different stages of development.