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Artificial Intelligence is a transformative tool that can accelerate sustainability. But unlocking AI’s potential requires certain conditions and rules to ensure a safe, secure and equitable future for all.

Bringing together policymakers, legislators, industry, NGOs and academia, The AI & Sustainability Summit will explore AI's unique capabilities for accelerating sustainability and ensuring economic prosperity.

Governance and Collaboration

Data

Skills

Environmental Impact

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Sustainable Transportation Partner

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Net Zero Partner

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Open Data Partner

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Early confirmed speakers

Markey
U.S. Senator
Ed Markey (D-MA)

Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate & Nuclear Safety; and Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force

U.S. Senate
Rep. Beyer
U.S. Congressman
Don Beyer (D-VA-08)

Vice Chair of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives
Buddy Carter
U.S. Representative
Buddy Carter (R-GA-01)

Chair of the House Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials, and Vice-Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives
Tanya-Das
Tanya Das

Associate Director, Energy Program

Bipartisan Policy Center
Michael Curtis
Michael Curtis

Deputy Ambassador

The European Union Delegation to the United States

Participation fees

Corporate Organizations: FREE until April 30, price rises to $149 after April 30


Reduced Rate (applies to NGOs, Not-For-Profit, Academia/Students, SMEs and Start-Ups): FREE until April 30, price rises to $39 after April 30


Complimentary (applies to Government and Press): FREE

Agenda

Moderator: Sasha Mackler, Executive Director, Energy Program, Bipartisan Policy Center (confirmed)

9:05am – 9:15am: Dr Arati Prabhakar, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

9:15am – 9:25am:  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Member of The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; and co-Chair of The Senate Climate Change Task Force, U.S. Senate

9:25am – 9:35am: Geoffrey Starks, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Advancements in connectivity are unlocking huge opportunities to decarbonize industries while creating jobs and growing the economy. According to a recent Accenture study, commissioned by CTIA, 5G-enabled use cases alone are projected to make up a 20% contribution toward the country’s carbon emission reduction targets by 2025. Equally, fiber and Wi-Fi technologies are all essential in supporting climate action. This session will explore different use cases that are supporting a more sustainable society. Participants will learn how policymakers are working with industry to ensure both spectral and energy efficiency, and how the promise of 6G technology can further realize the country’s climate goals.

  • What are the benefits of 5G technology and how is 5G supporting climate action?
  • How are policymakers and the wireless industry working together to meet the country’s climate objectives?
  • How are stakeholders ensuring that 5G deployment is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner?

 

Speakers:

  • Deidre Smith, Independent Tech and Sustainability Advisor (Moderator)
  • Shiva Goel, Legal Advisor, Wireless, Space & International, Federal Communications Commission 
  • Chandra Farley, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Bhushan Joshi, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson
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If Artificial Intelligence is deployed effectively and harnessed responsibly, it can support climate action and propel the United States towards a greener, more resilient and sustainable future. This session will examine the pivotal role of AI in accelerating climate action, taking a deep dive into some of its key applications. Participants will also consider how policymakers are enabling an environment for the development and deployment of AI technologies that directly contribute to climate action efforts.

  • To what extent can AI support the U.S. meet its climate goals?
  • What applications can best contribute to federal, state and city climate objectives?
  • How are federal and local policymakers working with industry and civil society to ensure a harmonized approach to AI-related policies? What impact will this approach have on climate goals?
  • How are policymakers and companies helping to reduce the AI skills gap and ensuring nobody gets left behind?

Speakers:

  • Tom Romanoff, Director of the Technology Project, Bipartisan Policy Center (Moderator)
  • Justina Gallegos, Deputy Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • U.S. Congresswomen Lori Trahan, Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee; and Member of Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. Congress
  • Rodrigo Fernandes, Director, Empowering Sustainable Development Goals, Bentley Systems
  • James Maloney, Founder & Managing Partner, Tiger Hill Partners

Space-based technologies, including satellites, hold enormous potential in supporting climate action efforts in several key ways, including monitoring and research, carbon emissions tracking, air quality monitoring, urban planning and international cooperation. This session will bring together policymakers and industry players form the United States and beyond to explore the potential of space and earth observation technologies for climate action. Participants will discuss the policy challenges that need to be addressed in order to fully realize the potential of this technology, including environmental impact assessments, resource allocation and funding, liability and accountability, as well as international collaboration and exchange of data.

  • What space-based technologies and applications are supporting a greener future?
  • What U.S. space programs support the country’s wider climate goals?
  • How can space technologies support the decarbonization of industries?
  • What needs to be done to ensure the U.S. space sector thrives in this new age?

 

Speakers:

  • Rika Nakazawa, Technologist, Best-selling Author and Conference Rapporteur (Moderator)
  • Dr Whitney Lohmeyer, Chief Technologist, Space Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Dr Kate Calvin, Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor, NASA
  • Dr Michael Morgan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, NOAA
  • Ian Schuler, CEO, Development Seed
  • Ubaldo Ciminieri, Chief of Staff, CisLunar Industries

U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials; and Vice Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives 

Istvan Ujhelyi, Vice Chair of Transport Committee and Member of Environment Committee, Member of The European Parliament

The transportation sector is responsible for more emissions than any other sector of the economy, and taking climate action requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort between policymakers and industry. This session aims to explore innovative strategies, policies and technologies that are driving a clean, resilient and sustainable transportation industry.

  • What efforts have been made by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal and local policymakers to transform the transportation sector?
  • What policy frameworks and initiatives are in place at federal and state level to help support industry and consumers?
  • Which companies are taking actionable steps to support a sustainable transportation industry?
  • How is electrification helping to transform the transportation sector?
  • How are advanced technologies, including automation, helping to optimize transportation systems for efficiency and sustainability?
  • To what extent can alternative fuels support a clean and more sustainable transportation sector?

Speakers:

  • Dr Kelly Fleming, Director, Institute for Transportation Decarbonization (Moderator)
  • Dr Gretchen Goldman, Director, Climate Change Research and Technology, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Tim Sexton, Assistant Commissioner, Sustainability, Planning, and Program Management, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Isabelle Thomas, Policy Advisor for Living Streets and Public Spaces, City of New York
  • Colin Tetreault, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

The U.S. has historically been heavily reliant on fossil fuels for energy but remains committed to the clean energy transition. However, revolutionizing our energy production and systems is complex and poses several challenges, including aging infrastructure, energy storage solutions, investment and financing, and grid resilience and security. This session will explore how policymakers and industry are working together to overcome the various challenges and to ensure all stakeholders benefit.   

  • What emerging technologies are shaping the energy landscape?
  • How are renewable technologies supporting the U.S. climate goals?
  • What are the main challenges of the energy transition and how are policymakers and industry working together to overcome them?
  • What are some examples of energy projects that have implemented sustainable practices? What economic, environmental, and social benefits have been achieved?
  • What role can policymakers play in driving sustainable energy production?
  • What role can microgrids play in reshaping the landscape of power generation and distribution?
  • What benefits does collaboration between governments, industries and communities have on the sustainable energy future?

 

Opening Keynote Speech

  • U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman, Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis; and Deputy Democratic Conference Secretary, U.S. Senate
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Speakers:                    

  • Steve Capanna, Director of Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

  • Maren Mahoney, Director, Arizona Governor’s Office of Resiliency

  • John Lochner, Vice President – Innovation, New York State Energy Research & Development Agency (NYSERDA)
  • Dr Peter Green, Deputy Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Sarah Adair, Managing Director of Public Policy, Duke Energy

  • Michael Purdie, Director, Regulatory Affairs and Markets, National Hydropower Association

If you’d like to discuss speaking opportunities please contact:

tom.chinnock@techforclimateaction.com

This conference supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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Event Venue

National Press Club

Washington D.C., U.S.A

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Tom Chinnock using any of the details below:

tom.chinnock@techforclimateaction.com

Tel: +44 (0) 7785 795 015