Al Gore, WEF Using Satellites and AI to 'Supercharge' ESG


WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: Former Vice President Al Gore speaks during the Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate Summit at the JW Marriott on May 08, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney has partnered with Al Gore’s nonprofit, Climate TRACE, to track organization’s progress towards environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, specifically by monitoring carbon footprints via Gore’s extensive satellite network and Kearney’s trove of consumer data parsed by artificial intelligence.

Climate TRACE was founded with the distinct aim of tracking and pinpointing the sources of global greenhouse gas emissions. Al Gore, climate activist and former vice president of the United States, introduced the Climate Tracking Realtime Atmospheric Carbon Emissions project at the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Davos conference.

“It’s a coalition of artificial intelligence, technology companies, NGOs, and universities,” said Gore, “using data from 300 existing satellites, ground, sea, and air-based sensors, and internet data streams to create machine learning algorithms for every single subsector of the economy.”

The ambitious nonprofit utilizes 300 satellites, 11,000 sensors, and the support of more than 100 collaborating organizations to generate 60 terabytes of data, which is then analyzed by artificial intelligence to map global carbon dioxide emissions.

In its commitment to furthering ESG initiatives, A.T. Kearney believes that the partnership with Climate TRACE can significantly boost these efforts. The firm asserts, “ESG programs are only as good as the data behind them.” By integrating data from Climate TRACE, A.T. Kearney is equipped to assist its clients in comprehending their complete carbon footprint and effectively navigate the reporting obligations of governments and ESG investors.

A.T. Kearney’s partnership with Climate TRACE aligns with their ongoing relationship with the World Economic Forum (WEF), a partnership that began in 1971. The firm’s recent acquisitions, including data management business analytics firm Cervello, AI-driven supply chain planning firm OPTANO, and advisory firm Silicon Foundry, further illustrate the company’s commitment to harnessing the power of data.


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