Six firms sharing £170,000 to help tackle global climate crisis with AI

27 January 2020, 10:34

Kate Forbes
Gaelic Holyrood speech. Picture: PA

Projects include using AI to develop more efficient food supply chains and a waste and resources map to identify recycling opportunities for waste.

Six companies are to share £170,000 of government funding to help tackle the global climate emergency using artificial intelligence (AI).

The applicants have been chosen to develop AI-enabled technology through the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by Scottish Enterprise.

Four Glasgow-based firms (Arceptive, Industrial Systems and Control, Integrated Environmental Solutions, and Trade in Space) will split the Scottish Government cash with two Edinburgh businesses (Space Intelligence and Topolytics).

Their projects include using AI to develop more efficient food supply chains, an AI-based thermal imaging service to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes and a waste and resources map to identify recycling opportunities for waste and by-products.

Digital economy minister Kate Forbes said: “Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge that we are facing a global climate emergency and we will do everything we can to make a difference.

“Our commitment to meeting ambitious emissions targets makes it vital that we develop new technologies – including harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence.

“Scotland has a proud tradition as a leader in technical innovation and is home to a huge array of companies pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

“I am excited to see what they produce with the support of this fund.”

The concepts will be developed over a 10-week period, with up to three of them progressing to the next phase, where they will produce minimum viable products.

Linda Hanna, MD for Scottish economic development at Scottish Enterprise, added: “This challenge fund calls on our most innovative companies to apply leading-edge technology in tackling one of the biggest challenges facing mankind.

“It’s inspiring to see ingenuity and passion from Scotland’s business base, alongside the talent that makes us such a highly-competitive business location.

“We look forward to working with these companies as they examine the potential of AI to make a lasting, positive change for our environment, economy and people.”

By Press Association

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