What a difference a year makes. In cement and other energy-intensive manufacturing, the global energy crisis accelerated efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the search for decarbonization solutions. We’ve seen the direct effect of this with a huge increase in interest and demand for Carbon Re’s technology and products.
In machine learning, 2022 was a watershed moment. DeepMind and the European Bioinformatics Institute released the predicted structures of nearly all known proteins (200 million of them). Generative AI, the likes of Dall-E and Stable Diffusion disrupted the world of visual design and arts, and Chat GPT is rapidly reshaping written media. Whilst these new products demonstrate the transformative power of AI and are already radically changing some industries, they are not addressing humanity’s greatest challenge, and the biggest economic opportunity of the coming decades: climate change.
Machine learning and AI can make a massive difference to our climate trajectory if we apply them to enable and accelerate decarbonization solutions, but there has been too little done in this regard. We are changing this. Our ambition is to build Carbon Re into the world’s top product and research company applying AI for materials. Today, we are applying machine learning and AI to enable cement producers to optimise their production processes in ways that were never before possible, reducing their fuel costs and emissions simultaneously.
This is not enough. We believe that to achieve a climate-stable future, we need to reimagine and reengineer how we make foundational materials like cement, steel and glass. We believe that applying machine learning and AI to understanding the physics and chemistry underlying the transformation of materials is key to achieving this. That’s why we have some of the best machine learning and engineering talent in the world working on AI – an intelligence layer – that will power the future production and design of the zero carbon materials the world needs.
We, the world, don’t have much time. We must move faster and be bolder to decarbonize human activity. The challenge is only outweighed by the future we can achieve – clean industries, sustainable cities and a climate-stable world – along the way there is also the biggest economic opportunity since the industrial revolution. Let’s do this!
With this in mind, we wanted to share a few Carbon Re highlights from the last three months. From fundraising and an office move to a whole host of Delta Zero product updates and a busy events calendar, it’s been a whirlwind. This round-up comes with our very best wishes for the festive season.
CEO & Co-founder