Bill Gates climate55 project has been studying climate change for years and has a plan to combat it. In a new book, the founder of Microsoft offers a roadmap to reduce emissions to zero, a feasible goal, but one that will require great technological advances, he warns. ‘How to avoid a climate disaster.
which goes on sale on February 16 in about twenty countries, is a broad and didactic contribution to the debate on the climate of someone who was able to see the ‘boom’ of the climate years in advance. software or the world’s lack of preparation for an eventual pandemic such as covid-19 .
Bill Gates’s message is both optimistic stopping global warming in the coming decades is possible – and realistic – enormous technological progress and a lot of political will will be needed.
“People who think this is easy have to study the breadth of the emission sources. People who believe that it is impossible, I hope they look at the potential for innovation in these areas and see that it is possible, although very difficult ”, explains the businessman and philanthropist in a virtual meeting with a European media group, including Efe.
Gates became interested in climate change about two decades ago and came to the subject indirectly, studying the relationship between the lack of electricity supply and the poverty he saw on his trips to developing countries with his Foundation.
Little by little, after many conversations with experts and scientists, he explains that he came to the conclusion that the challenge for the world was even greater: it was not just about generating more electricity so that the disadvantaged could prosper, but about doing it without emitting more gases. greenhouse effect.
Gates acknowledges that he is not a climate expert, far from it, but assures that in recent years he has learned a lot. “I quite like reading,” he says, ensuring that he has read “literally hundreds of books” on the subject and has discussed with countless experts.
His conclusion is that to avoid a disaster it is necessary to achieve net zero emissions and for this, it will be necessary to promote existing tools such as solar and wind energy or carbon capture, but also to develop new technologies.
These, he warns, cannot be limited only to areas such as electricity generation and transport, but must transform many other sectors such as agri-food, cement or steel production. And for this, he insists, the world needs a plan, a roadmap that allows reaching zero emissions by 2050 and to which he hopes to contribute with his book.