The government has announced the launch of a new green artificial intelligence (AI) innovation programme and is inviting applicants to apply for funding for projects that can help enable emission reductions across the UK.

Dubbed the AI for Decarbonisation Programme and backed with £1.5m in funding, the new initiative from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) forms part of the government’s £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, and comprises two separate streams of grant funding which will be launched in two initial stages.

Stream 1, which BEIS said is worth up to £500,000, will be made available to co-fund a virtual centre of excellence for AI innovation and decarbonisation through to March 2025, while Stream 2, which BEIS said is worth up to £1m, will fund a range of innovation projects that advance the development of AI technologies that support decarbonisation.

Later in 2023, BEIS said it intends

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