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March 2020 Budget sends clear signal of government support for carbon reduction targets and the net zero journey. For businesses who trade in supply chains and sectors where CO2 reduction will become more important, face a number of challenges as well as opportunities. Priorities and buying decision criteria are changing. Businesses need to think ahead to anticipate and develop propositions that address these changing needs.

David Attenborough and Boris Johnson agree its time for UK action on climate change. Launching the 2020 UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed the UK to action on climate change coupled with £multi billion funding to support the UK’s move to Net Zero carbon by 2050. The time for taking action on climate change is very short. We also know that there remain huge opportunities for individuals, innovators, researchers, and businesses in tackling this challenge. How will you accelerate your opportunity to take action?

3 workshops held in Northern Ireland for businesses to hear about support for productivity improvement through AI and advanced digital technologies. A number of projects have been identified as candidates for Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding.

Recent research suggests that now could be a good time for innovators to be preparing their business to harvest the early fruits of AI. Over the past 3 years the Hartree Centre in partnership with IBM Research has been cultivating new smarter solutions to a wide range of industry challenges through data-driven innovation. On the 30th April, they are hosting an event – “Intelligent Innovation | Business value from digital technologies” – where they will present their work to date and provide the opportunity for participants to explore where these technologies can be applied to address their business challenges and innovation needs.