Getting to Zero ain’t for the faint-hearted

The race towards net zero is not your average competition – it is a global sprint to move into a sustainable future, with nations, businesses and individuals all vying for the gold medal in carbon reduction. Imagine this, in 2023, some countries experienced the hottest ever temperatures in history. This has been a huge wake-up call to many to start putting in efforts to combat climate change before there is nothing left to fight for.

Here at TM R&D, we were fortunate to have Prof. John E. Fernández from the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shed some light on how climate change has turned the world on its axis and also, answered the possibilities of whether we can achieve this race by 2050. The short answer to that is yes, thankfully, we are a sticky species and won’t go extinct. But, as he says, there is an enormous increase in greenhouse gas emissions particularly from emerging economies catching up on development. Yes, more efforts must be made from these markets but also much is expected from wealthy countries to weigh in and shoulder greater responsibilities.

Prof Fernández explained what are the tipping points we should be aware of, and how research and development can play a pivotal role in combatting different factors in this critical journey. Areas like AI, energy, materials and technology fall under a broad spectrum but have vast potential to be the answer for many of our global climate problems today.

Watch the video here –


The BiG Idea Lecture Series by TM R&D aims to bring world-class thought leaders in engagement with different communities on pressing topics impacting business in Malaysia. Do stay tuned for more discussions with visionary leaders bringing their experience, knowledge and passion to challenge thinking and drive change. 

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