Microsoft launches center of excellence to promote innovation and sustainability in the energy industry  

Launched in collaboration with industry leaders and academia, the Microsoft Energy Core aims to accelerate digital transformation, build coalitions for responsible innovation, deliver skilling initiatives, and address sustainability and societal challenges

  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Microsoft today inaugurated a center of excellence for energy – known as ‘Microsoft Energy Core’ – in the UAE.  The initiative, and facility aims to accelerate digital transformation; build coalitions for responsible innovation; and drive skilling initiatives in the energy sector. The center will also help contribute towards environmental sustainability of the industry – a key element of the company’s global commitment towards climate innovation.

The virtual launch event was attended by His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, and Samer Abu Ltaif, President for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, along with several industry customers and partners.

“The UAE has always been at the forefront of innovation, with our ambition to become a role model for the world,” said His Excellency, Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. “The UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence sits at the heart of it, and our partnership with Microsoft contributes to this effort. The Energy Core will accelerate our collaboration to focus on sectors such as the energy industry – to enable digital transformation, and address core areas such as increasing efficiency, environmental sustainability and policymaking in the region – leading to a positive future for generations to come.

“As we continue empowering people and businesses to achieve more, we do so with a firm commitment to building a more sustainable future,” said Samer Abu Ltaif, President, Microsoft MEA. “The energy industry faces significant challenges, and the Microsoft Energy Core brings effective coalitions and leverages AI in an endeavour to address them. We are encouraged by the growing number of energy companies’ commitments towards transitioning to cleaner energy and lowering carbon emissions, but they cannot do it alone. Businesses, governments and civil society can rise to the challenge, while meeting the world’s growing energy demands.”

Launched in collaboration with 10 founding partners including ABB, Accenture, AVEVA, BakerHughesC3.ai, Emerson, Honeywell, Maana, Rockwell Automation, Schlumberger, and Sensia – Microsoft Energy Core covers four pillars:

The first is enablingdigital transformation, where Microsoft and its partners will establish digital innovation capacities by creating a world class energy executive briefing, and solutions development center. Second, through buildingcoalitions with energy operators, power & utility organizations, renewable energy companies, academic institutions, and industry bodies, the Energy Core pursues strategic collaborations through a vibrant industry board that drives thought leadership for responsible innovation, across the energy value chain.

Closing the skills gap and enhancing employability is the third pillar of the Energy Core, empowering energy industry professionals to spearhead their organizations’ digital transformation agendas by skilling and reskilling for digital readiness. The Energy Core is launching an AI Academy as a building block to equip the industry workforce with the necessary AI skills. This extends to undergraduate and post-graduate students as well, to prepare a future ready workforce.

And fourth, as part of Microsoft’s global commitment, the facility will focus on sustainability and societal impact, by actively pursuing the development of innovative solutions built on AI to solve the most pressing challenges of the energy industry. Microsoft has committed to ambitious environmental sustainability goals; by 2030 – Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 the company will remove all the carbon it has emitted since it was founded in 1975. Moreover, 100% of the energy for the carbon-emitting electricity consumed by its datacenters, buildings and campuses will shift to renewable energy by 2025. Microsoft is also helping customers reduce their carbon footprints and co-innovating to develop low-carbon solutions, and it continues to invest in programs like AI for Earth, that puts AI in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges.

“The Microsoft Energy Core is part of our unwavering commitment towards capacity-building, empowering innovation, and driving prosperity and growth. Together, with our customers and partners we will reshape the future of the energy industry and drive a positive impact in our communities,” added Ltaif.  

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About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft opened its Dubai-based headquarters in 1991, which, today, oversees operations across the region.

For more information (Press only):
Hassan Al Shouli, Microsoft MEA
E : alshouli@microsoft.com
M: +971 50 934 0133

Husain Gandhi, ProGlobal Media
E: h.gandhi@proglobal.ae
T: +971 56 534 8764

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