This sounds very promising. How do we get to this inflection point to drive renewable energies?
This is what I asked him as well. Al Gore is very determined and sees two levers. He says that worldwide we are still heavily subsidising fossil fuel-based energy supplies and this really has to stop. On the other hand he says we need to have a prize for negative externalities like emitting CO2. He gave an example that in the past industry and private citizens were dumping wastewater into rivers, but today there is a price tag for wastewater and an infrastructure of sewage drains to take care of it. A similar system of having a price on CO2 emissions needs to be in place worldwide. Therefore the Paris Agreement is very important in guiding the world into the right direction and fight against floods, fires and droughts.
I would also like to add that Al Gore was really focusing on the importance of a conscious use of energy and energy efficiency. He was addressing all of the young sustainability entrepreneurs in the room that society needs to stand up and act.