Low-carbon energy systems
Plugging the energy investment gap
Access to renewable energy finance remains a key challenge for developing nations. The Climate Investment Platform blends the capabilities and resources of IRENA, SEforAll, UNDP and the Green Climate Fund to initiate a step change in developing countries’ pursuit of low-carbon energy ambitions.
2020 Technology Pioneers
Future headline-makers addressing global issues
The WEF’s Technology Pioneers include 100 leaders in carbon capture, alternative meat, circular economies, food security and financial access, to name a few. Brazil-based CargoX, for example, digitises trucking to optimize logistics that can improve the livelihood of truckers.
New jobs enabled by AI
Massive upskilling & reskilling investments needed
COVID-19 has accelerated the automation of many tasks, leading some to fear artificial intelligence (AI) will take their jobs. Instead, AI will create more jobs than it automates. But as these jobs will require new skills, businesses and governments must invest in upskilling and reskilling young people and adults.
Harnessing the power of community-led solutions
COVID-19 has proven how deeply health security is integrated into our lives. Cross-sector collaboration is needed to bolster community-led innovations that address immediate community challenges and contribute to creating resilient health systems that do not get ravaged by crises.
Smart energy systems
Innovations addressing the needs of women
Research indicates how energy innovations that ignore the gendered nature of domestic chores can undermine the ability of new policies to achieve more flexibility. Considering gender when designing such innovations is therefore crucial to avoid reinforcing income inequalities.
Discovery of geothermal systems
A holistic toolkit powered by machine learning
The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy is set on accelerating the discovery of commercially viable geothermal systems, developing a playbook that combines play fairway analysis, machine learning, advanced geostatistics and other techniques into a holistic exploration toolkit.