The 15th World Alliance for Low Carbon Forum (WALCC) opened at IBM Canada on October 4th and continued through the following day with the theme of “AI & Sustainability: Green Economy”.

The forum was co-organized by the WALCC, Tsinghua University, and IBM. Organizations lending their support for the Forum included the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Global Affairs Canada, Fundica, IG Liaison, and Enesoon as Community Partners. The Forum drew over 100 attendees including think tank scholars from York University, the University of Toronto, Global Affairs Canada, TUS Clean Energy, and Belldata Shenzhen.

Prof. Kong Ying, Chairman of the WALCC, and Steven Astorino, Vice President of Development, Private Cloud Platform and z Analytics, IBM Analytics, addressed the Forum in the opening ceremony. Prof. Kong introduced the WALCC and highlighted the ambitions of this conference to explore the cooperation between the Alliance and Canadian partners. Mr. Astorino extended his warm welcome to all the participants and introduced the city of Toronto, one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities and an important center for the media, publishing, telecommunication, and information technology. During the forum, the topic “How Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology could be applied into green economy ” was discussed at length and four topic-themed panels were arranged, which included: Green Economy: Global Trend and Policy Challenge; Smart City (I): Talents and Entrepreneurs; City Development: PPP Collaboration and Sustainability; Smart City (II): Technologies, Data and Challenges.

Prof. Kang Feiyu, Dean of the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University spoke at the first plenary, addressing how AI technology contributes to the application of new energy and new materials. Professor HE Juan and Ben CHIANG Sum Wai from Tsinghua university, Peter Victor from York University, Chris Carder from Schulich School of Business also participated in an in-depth discussion.

Prof. Kong delivered the closing remarks at the end of the Forum, he emphasized the importance of technology innovation in sustainable city development, and the deep relationships between circular economy and eco-living for the residents of cities. Smart City Initiatives eventually cannot escape the ultimate role of integrating green living and sustained well-being to its users – the fellow residents.

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