AI For The Environment Could Reduce Emissions, Boost Global GDP By $5 Trillion, Create 38m Jobs

AI For The Environment Could Reduce Emissions, Boost Global GDP By $5 Trillion, Create 38m Jobs

Ciarán Daly

April 17, 2019

2 Min Read

LONDON - Deploying AI in four industry sectors to improve management of the environment could reduce carbon emissions, boost global GDP by USD $5tr, and create 38 million jobs globally, a startling new report by PwC and Microsoft has claimed.

The report, entitled How AI can enable a sustainable future, tackles the potential deployment opportunities for AI in agriculture, transport, energy and water to reduce emissions and stimulate economic growth between now and 2030. Co-produced by PwC and Microsoft, it models four scenarios across these sectors, estimating that AI could reduce worldwide greenhouse gases by 4% - an amount equivalent to the 2030 annual emissions of Australia, Canada, and Japan combined.

The report goes on to estimate that these initiatives could contribute up to $5.2 trillion USD to the global economy - a 4.4% increase on 'business as usual'.

"Put simply, AI can enable our future systems to be more productive for the economy and for nature," said Celine Herweijer, Global Innovation & Sustainability Leader for PwC UK. "The research shows the potential of emerging technology to directly support decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions in the near and long term."

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