The UNFCCC is partnering with Microsoft to use AI and advanced data technology to track global carbon emissions and assess progress under the Paris Agreement

2023-11-30 04:01:41

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (ots/PRNewswire) Leading officials from the United Nations and Microsoft Corp. announced on Thursday a partnership that will enable the UNFCCC to establish a new AI-powered platform and global climate data center to measure and analyze global progress in reducing emissions. This will significantly simplify the process of validating and analyzing the climate data submitted by the 196 parties to the Paris Agreement.

The partnership comes at a crucial time as the world’s governments come together at COP28, organized by the UNFCCC and the UAE COP28 Presidency, to take stock of the slow progress towards achieving the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

“The world needs to act faster to reduce carbon emissions. Simply put, you can’t fix what you can’t measure, and these new AI and data tools will enable nations to measure emissions much better than they can today,” said Brad Smith, Vice Chairman and President from Microsoft.

“The Paris Agreement provides the framework for all countries in the world to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees,” said Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. “Climate change is a global emergency that knows no borders Adaptation and mitigation technologies are needed. Progress will also require collaboration with trusted partners to develop the tools needed to implement the framework. We are pleased to work with Microsoft on this effort.”

Compiling and analyzing carbon data is now time-consuming and often done using manual methods. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will build a new platform to digitally support the UNFCCC’s Enhanced Transparency Framework. This platform will enable advanced analysis of global climate data through the creation of a new global climate data center and an AI-powered data analysis platform. This will provide the UNFCCC and Member States with the tools they need to efficiently report and validate progress towards carbon reduction targets. This includes tracking transport, agriculture, industrial processes and other sources of carbon emissions. It also provides the UNFCCC and Member States with tools to plan carbon reduction strategies using simulations, benchmarks and data visualizations to plan targeted actions, saving time and money.

This work will also include the creation of global climate dashboards for publication on the UNFCCC website to increase transparency and accountability and ultimately promote meaningful climate action.

Microsoft has committed $3 million over two years to support the implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework and the global inventory mandated by the Paris Agreement.

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The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, commits countries to reducing their emissions to slow the effects of climate change and strengthening these commitments over time. Implementing the Paris Agreement is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Microsoft and the UNFCCC will also jointly host a series of events at the UNFCCC Pavilion (Blue Zone) at COP28 to advance climate action.

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The UNFCCC Secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations body tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the intelligent cloud and network era. Their goal is to empower every person and every company in the world to achieve more.

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