Monday, 30 November 2015

Global Apollo Program

About the Global Apollo Program

About the Global Apollo Program

Climate change is the greatest threat to global stability and prosperity. By 2035 the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will exceed the critical level consistent with a temperature rise of less than 2˚C.
There is no shortage of energy on earth. The sun delivers 5000 times more power to the surface of the earth than humanity needs. The cost of renewables has been falling. But not fast enough. Renewable energy gets less than 2% of the world’s publicly funded RD&D (Research, Development and Demonstration).
The Global Apollo Program’s aim is to accelerate the decarbonisation of the world economy through more rapid technical progress, achieved through an internationally-coordinated program of research and development over a 10-year period.
The Program will focus on several key areas: generation from renewables, electricity storage, grid management, the electrification of transport, and the use of hydrogen.
The results of all research will be made public but patentable intellectual property will be protected and remain with those who made the discoveries.
This strategy is about making energy cheaper and cleaner. It is an optimistic, pro-growth, pro-technology, pro-business solution.
This is the greatest scientific challenge in the world today but it is solvable. We can create a world powered by limitless clean energy.

Program Authors

Sir David King

Former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Lord John Browne

Executive Chairman at L1 Energy. Former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former CEO BP.

Lord Richard Layard

Director of Wellbeing Programme, LSE Centre for Economic Performance. Emeritus Professor of Economics.

Lord Gus O’Donnell

Chairman, Frontier Economics. Former UK Cabinet Secretary.

Lord Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal and Former President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics.

Lord Nicholas Stern

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE. Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Lord Adair Turner

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of New Economic Thinking. Former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority and the Committee on Climate Change.


  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Professor Brian Cox
  • Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
  • Professor Jeffery Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy Environment and Water
  • Ed Davey, Former UK Energy Secretary
  • Bill Hare, Founder and CEO, Climate Analytics
  • Nilesh Y. Jadhav, Program Director, Energy Research Institute @NTU, Singapore
  • Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT
  • Carlo Carraro, Director, International Centre for Climate Governance
  • Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair, Grantham Institute
  • Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
  • Ben Goldsmith, Founder, Menhaden Capital
  • Sabina Ratti, Executive Director, FEEM – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
  • Zac Goldsmith MP
  • Professor Martin Siegert, Co-Director Grantham Institute
  • Professor Joanna Haigh CBE, Co-Director, Grantham Institute and Vice President of Royal Meteorological Society
  • Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Fatima Denton, African Climate Policy Centre
  • Denys Shortt, CEO, DCS Group
  • Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS

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