Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet and our way of life. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its 2022 Climate Report, which features a stern warning that human-induced climate change is already causing irreversible damage to humans and nature alike. There is no doubt that combating climate change will take significant resources, collaboration and ingenuity.
At the 2022 Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference, the Kenan Institute’s Chief Economist Gerald Cohen spoke with two leading experts – Dr. Eric Toone and Dr. Jacqueline Pless— to discuss the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in fighting climate change, specifically through new technology in the clean energy space.
Dr. Eric Toone is the executive managing director and technology lead at Breakthrough Energy Ventures and professor of chemistry (emeritus) at Duke University. Dr. Jacqueline Pless is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management.