What they say about Principles on AI for Climate Actions

The Principles on AI for Climate Actions was published under the support of partner institutes and organizations distributed in many countries and regions. The original text can be accessed here:


Here we provide some quotations from partner institutes and organizations on their understanding and contribution to the principles.

Yi Zeng, Lead author of the Principles on AI for Climate Action, Professor and Director of International Research Center for AI Ethics and Governance, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chief Scientist at Institute of AI International Governance, Tsinghua University.

“AI is an enabling technology to achieve global sustainable development goals. As technical researchers and practitioners of AI all over the world, we cannot only contribute to scientific and economic advancement for human good through AI, but also to take much more care of sustainable ecology and environment. These principles aim at providing an ethical foundation and recommended actions for developing AI in a green way, and contribute to climate actions, for humankind, for ecology and environment, for our next generations and most importantly for a better and sustainable future of our planet.”

Mark Findlay, Professor and director of Centre for AI and Data Governance, Singapore Management University

“privacy and sustainability are essential for the future of humanity, where data is used for purposes of climate action, data subjects should retain choice and control in how the data is managed.”

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria. Ethics of AI Lead at Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR).

“While access to protected data is necessary to study the behaviour of humans to inform climate action, establishing channels for accessing such data with full knowledge of data subjects remains crucial as two wrongs have never made a right, and adding privacy rights transgression to the already complex domain of climate science will in fact slow down progress on the long run. ”

Christoph Lütge. Professor and Director of Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Munich

 “AI has a tremendous potential role to play in humanity’s response to climate change. In order to promote the most positive impact, AI ethics will have to be at the top of the agenda as well.“

Helen Meng, Professor and Director, Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Co-Director, Centre for Perceptual and Interactive Intelligence, a CUHK InnoCentre.

“As an educator, a researcher and a parent, I place strong emphasis in the ethical use of AI to do good and not harm. We must seize the time to leverage AI judiciously in preserving and conserving our planet for future generations.  Efficient and effective development of AI models for Climate Action will be a game-changer in this important direction.”