Zurich and London, 27 June 2017 – The Rt. Hon. Lord Gregory Barker of Battle, former UK Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and champion of a number of global cooperative public-private sector initiatives in the sector, is calling for governments and industry leaders participating in the Sustainability Summit to embrace new technologies to tackle man-made climate change before dangerous levels of global warming are reached.
Science and technology play a role in defining the future of our society by determining the very stability of the pillars it is built on. The Sustainability Summit advocates for a cooperative movement involving both industry leaders and policy makers in order to set the new paradigms, solutions and roadmaps for more sustainable development, leveraging advanced technologies arising from the digital revolution. In his address to Wise Media’s Sustainability Working Groups, Lord Barker says there needs to be a concerted effort by governments around the world on new initiatives for building low-carbon, climate resilient economies and shift the global economy in a new direction. He stresses the importance of finally accepting that large centralised energy assets such as those involving the use of fossil fuels, are not the way of the future. Many of these measures for underpinning change include energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy, sustainable transport, climate-smart agriculture, curbing deforestation and retrofitting existing or out-of-date infrastructures. Lord Barker says advanced data technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the use of deep learning, can be mustered to the benefit of humanity and will help reach the solutions that can avert the worst impact of climate change. He points out that these technologies are also likely to play a role in securing an adequate framework is established for gaining the necessary trust of investors and the effectiveness of new programs that address the climate change issue.
Comments were also received from Dr. Gerald Santucci, Directorate General Information Society and Media at the European Commission, who echoed Lord Barker’s opinion. Dr. Santucci states that artificial intelligence will take an increasing place in our lives – creating a convergence and hybridisation of several key technologies like big data and the IoT. This will create a formidable momentum for technology to be a useful element in the improvement in quality of life and competitiveness, just as much as it will contribute to the large scheme of redefining our society’s global approach to resource management.