Local authorities invited to launch AI demonstrators on ecological transition

Lucas Boncourt for Localtis


In this period of research for energy savings, here is a call for projects that is well timed. Launched in July 2022, it aims to put artificial intelligence at the service of energy and ecological transitions. The territories are invited to provide testing grounds.

Develop “frugal” artificial intelligence to accelerate ecological and energy transitions. This is the subject of the call for projects (AP) launched on July 12, 2022 by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion and the Ministry for Energy Transition. Endowed with 40 million euros, this call for projects is open for a period of 5 years with a first contingent of participants designated before the end of the year.

Articulation with the AP Intelligent and sustainable territories

This call for projects, recalls the State, is part of the continuity of the national strategy for AI defined following the Villani mission (2018) which planned to invest 3.5 billion euros to structure the French ecosystem and develop the uses of AI. A strategy declined in the ecological transition sector in the form of a “roadmap”. Published in September 2021, it emphasizes the creation of quality data, a prerequisite for the proper functioning of AI, and the establishment of an ecosystem facilitating the sharing of data, not necessarily in open data. . Its originality is to have been preceded by the creation of a national community of AI players aimed at coordinating territories, carriers of needs, companies providing solutions and public research establishments. It should be noted that this call for projects is articulated with that on intelligent and sustainable territories (TID), the communities being able to rely on files already constituted to respond to the call for TID projects.

Find problems to solve

The role of local authorities in this call for projects is to express needs and offer a testing ground for AI. The intelligent management of buildings, the creation of twins and digital models, the prevention of natural risks, the detection of pollution or even urban mobility and logistics are among the issues that the AP intends to cover. Some territories have already announced their candidacy. The Pays de la Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine would like AI to help them “industrialize” a project relating to the analysis of the energy consumption of health and medico-social establishments. Because the first lessons of an experiment carried out with the regional health agencies (ARS), the energy unions and the health establishments have highlighted a great difficulty in collecting, compiling and processing the existing data. Grenoble Alpes Métropole wishes for its part to be involved in experiments on subjects such as the circular economy and urban development. With the ambition to strengthen the existing ecosystem, its territory counting many companies and research institutes working on AI.

Interested communities have until November 7, 2022 to submit a file presenting their needs and grouping project.

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