An innovative project to protect the planet

Amsterdam is taking part in an innovative new scheme to explore how artificial intelligence can help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Dutch capital has been chosen for AI4Cities, a three-year EU-funded project bringing together leading European cities looking for AI solutions to meet their ambitious climate commitments. The other cities taking part are Helsinki, Copenhagen, Paris, Stavanger and Tallinn.

Amsterdam was chosen due to its reputation as a smart city leader that applies tech-based innovations to solve contemporary problems. During the project, the Dutch capital will challenge startups, larger businesses and other relevant stakeholders to find solutions to climate challenges by using AI, and other related enabling technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data applications.

Boosting city innovations

“Cities and regions have a lot to say and do when it comes to climate action. We are very well placed to support our national governments in achieving the climate goals,” said Kaisa Sibelius, coordinator of the AI4Cities project and project manager at Forum Virium Helsinki. “AI4Cities shows our leadership and our willingness to use the power of pre-commercial procurement to boost innovation, artificial intelligence and sustainability in Europe.”

Amsterdam is well-suited to the new project as a city that’s home to a wealth of top AI talent and successful partnerships between multinationals, startups and researchers in the field. It has also been at the forefront of smart mobility for many years, with a forward-thinking city government and creative and enterprising initiatives and businesses working in the sector.

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