Siemens and Swinburne collaborate on AI for net zero

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Siemens Australia is collaborating with Swinburne University of Technology in a cross-country project designed to explore the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in achieving net zero.

The project, Responsible AI for Net Zero—An Australia and India Collaborative Approach towards Practice, Governance and Ethics in Energy Futures, is expected to enable utility providers, regulators, local governments, and businesses to incorporate ethical principles into AI governance for a seamless transition to net zero.

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Outcomes will include comprehensive guidelines for responsible AI adoption, and will foster ethical practices within the energy industry, while helping accelerate the adoption of renewable energy for achieving net zero targets.

Siemens Australia and New Zealand CEO Peter Halliday said, “We’re at a pivotal moment of time where AI is impacting every aspect of our lives. Net zero is a tremendous target and we need to consider how we embrace AI to accelerate the changes needed across industry, infrastructure and energy sectors to meet challenging climate targets. Innovation through digitalisation is the key to addressing all these challenges, especially if Australia aims to reduce global emissions beyond the 1% we’re responsible for.”

The project focuses on three key pillars:

  1.  establishing current ethical principles for AI adoption in the energy sector
  2. identifying key ethical issues shaping the use of AI in the development of smart energy systems for achieving net zero
  3. recommending comprehensive guidelines for translating ethical principles into AI energy governance.

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Siemens Australia and New Zealand regional head for grid software Jose Moreira said, “As industry leaders, we have a responsibility to help shape the impact of AI on the energy industry and help set in place the frameworks and guidelines required for future. A robust energy sector needs equally progressive and dynamic thinking and collaboration to keep ahead of change. I look forward to working closely with all the partners on this significant project.”

Other collaborators on the project include Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT Palakkad), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and Maxbyte Technologies Singapore.

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