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Ready, set, climate data: Artificial intelligence to solve the climate challenge


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Accelerate the green transition by challenging companies to use artificial intelligence to tackle climate data. That opens the doors to an exciting challenge. The Challenge program targets small and medium-sized companies in the region and aims to explore the potential of artificial intelligence. The challenge is a collaboration between Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality, Aarhus Municipality and Aarhus University.

“We are curious about how artificial intelligence can be used. We suspect that AI algorithms can be used to handle large amounts of data in a fast and accurate way. And that’s exactly what we want to offer in this challenge. Because not only are accurate and actionable climate accounts dependent on as well-developed data as possible – there are also very good business development opportunities for Danish companies if they can develop better ways to harvest data for climate accounts, which both public and private companies depend on,” says Bo Fristed, Head of ITK in Aarhus Municipality, which is the department that is Aarhus Municipality’s operator in TechCircle.

A broad offering for the benefit of society

The challenge is not only relevant to municipalities and businesses locally, but also has the potential to be applied widely for the benefit of society as a whole. Many of the existing data sources, such as vehicle registries and housing information, do not provide a full overview of CO2 emissions. Therefore, new approaches and data sources are needed to make informed decisions about reducing CO2 emissions and achieving climate neutrality.

Specifically, TechCircle challenges participants to answer questions like:

  • How can artificial intelligence, coupled with human intelligence, find and visualize sources of CO2 emissions data?
  • Which registries and data sources are relevant for identifying CO2 emissions at a societal level?
  • How can these data sources best be compiled and presented to enable the calculation of CO2 emissions at the societal level?

Participants can look forward to a number of benefits, including the opportunity to work on business development based on real-world issues, as well as access to upskilling in digital transformation.

Aarhus Municipality is one of the partners in the EU project TechCircle, which aims to combine public challenges with business development opportunities for SMEs. We are part of TechCircle because we are convinced that we need to develop standards for the use of new technologies together and that there is a need for continuous upskilling of both public and private companies. Simply because the development of new technologies is so fast. Therefore, we hope that the result of the concrete challenge is that we become wiser about how we can use artificial intelligence in climate work, but also that smaller companies see a business opportunity in this area,” says Bo Fristed.


TechCircle, which is a partnership between Erhvervshus Midtjylland, Aarhus University and City of Aarhus, is co-financed by the EU’s Digital Europe program under the European Commission and the Danish Business Promotion Agency. The initiative is part of TechCircle’s larger goal of promoting green and innovative digital solutions for the benefit of businesses and citizens in the Central Denmark Region.

Interested companies can participate in the challenge program, which runs from April to September 2024. Registration is open from April 2 to April 30, and the kick-off event will take place on May 7. This is a unique opportunity for companies to help shape the future of climate data and contribute to the green transition in an innovative way.

Read more and sign up here: Using artificial intelligence to find sources of climate data ( (

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