Conversations on Climate

Season 2: Special Episode – AI and Climate Change

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In this enlightening keynote speech at Trinity College Dublin, Chris Caldwell United Renewables CEO, clean tech investor, renewables entrepreneur, and podcast host, delves into the complex relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and climate change.

Returning to his alma mater after 24 years, Caldwell shares insights on how AI is shaping our world, both as a tool for environmental progress and a potential threat to sustainability.

Key Highlights:

AI’s Role in Decarbonisation: Discover how AI accelerates our ability to tackle climate change, from predicting deforestation hotspots to revolutionising battery testing for electric vehicles.

The Attention Economy: Caldwell explores the challenges of an information-saturated world and how AI’s rise to cultural prominence reflects our collective concerns.

AI’s Environmental Footprint: Uncover the hidden costs of AI’s energy consumption and its impact on global carbon emissions.

The Jevons Paradox: Learn how increased efficiency in technology can lead to greater overall consumption, posing challenges for sustainability.

AI and the Market Economy: A critical look at how private firms dominate the AI landscape, potentially steering its applications towards less sustainable paths.

The Techno-fix Paradox: Caldwell warns against relying on future technological solutions for climate change, advocating for immediate action and responsibility.

Join Chris Caldwell in this thought-provoking session as he navigates the paradoxes of AI and climate change, urging us to rethink our values and the role of technology in shaping a sustainable future.


If you enjoyed watching this episode you might like to watch the other keynote speeches in this season.

Episode 17 – The Climate Summit 2023 – Embracing The Circular Economy

Unraveling The Fascinating World Of Biodiversity With Professor Jane Stout

You may also want to watch:

The COP28 Debrief Breakfast: What Can Finance Take Away from COP28?


Conversations on Climate is a podcast produced by United Renewables in association with the London Business School Energy Alumni Club. It brings together the best minds from academia and business, to offer their experience and expertise in the face of climate change –from game theorists to corporate diplomats, and oil industry veterans to micro-algae entrepreneurs. For more top-quality interviews with our incredible guests, subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter. We’d love to have you join us!

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