Subak – world’s first climate-focused, non-profit accelerator launches

Subak launches today as the first global non-profit accelerator to combat the climate  emergency.

Subak selects, funds and scales organisations which want to work collectively to keep the planet habitable, using  shared data, infrastructure and  tools.

It connects the best tech, environmental and  science talent  to drive mass behaviour and  policy change.

Co-founder Baroness Bryony Worthington, a lead author of the UK’s Climate Change Act, said:  “We need more  people devoted to the task  of fighting the climate  emergency, and  we need more  support for people with radical  world-changing ideas to grow and  scale. A climate  accelerator for data-focused organisations has  the potential to influence  policy and  legislation  and change the way people act.  It is vital to harness and share data  and  skills and  we’re delighted so many talented people have agreed to work together to help make  this initiative a reality.”

The Subak accelerator is home to the following founding organisations:

  • New AutoMotive is a transport research group which supports the rapid uptake of electric  vehicles in the UK by opening up data  about the transition. It helped support the government decision to ban  the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030.  It has developed new tools including theElectric Car Count  which splits electric  vehicle sales data  by manufacturer and  region to track  progress and  hosts ElectricCar.Guide, a consumer guide  to EVs which uses tools  like a novel cost saving estimator that creates personalised costs, tailored to a person’s own vehicle usage.
  • TransitionZero is harnessing satellite data  to provide  insight into global energy markets. Its recent Turning the Supertanker report  assessing China’s ambition  to reach Net Zero by 2060 was  hailed by former US Vice President Al Gore as “ground-breaking”. 
  • Ember has built the first open-source dataset of global power generation with maps showing globalcoal flows from mines to power and steel plants. It is using these tools to influence policy to end theuse of coal power globally. It also exposed the cost of subsidising a power giant’s wood-burning powerplant in North Yorkshire – more  than  £30 billion – equivalent to £500 for every British home.
  • Open Climate Fix, co-founded by former Google DeepMind  machine learning  engineer Dr Jack Kelly, has  been awarded funding from Google.Org to support its work in forecasting solar electricity generation to help optimise the grid.
  • Climate Policy Radar is mapping and analysing the climate  policy landscape globally using  machine learning  and  AI to support evidence-based policymaking. It will build on the work that founder Dr Michal Nachmany did at the Grantham Research Institute  at LSE where  she  led the work to map national  climate  legislation  in every country in the world.

Subak has  a growing  global network  with operations underway in the US and  Australia. Around 500 members and  fellows are projected to join the international network  in the next five years. Its leaders include:

  • Baroness Bryony Worthington, co-director of the Quadrature Climate Fund,  the anchor funder  of the Subak initiative.
  • Michelle You is an entrepreneur and cofounder of Songkick, a live music  and  ticketing  app  that was funded by Y Combinator, Index, and  Sequoia and  was  acquired by Warner Music. She  previously  was  a venture partner at Local Globe VC and  invests in climate  tech.
  • Gi Fernando, MBE, serial entrepreneur and investor  who was  one of the pioneers of algorithmic social media  advertising. His first company Techlightenment was  bought by Experian  and  he was  at the forefront  of the Silicon Roundabout tech  boom  in the early noughties.
  • Steve Crossan was head of product at Google  DeepMind  and  spent a decade at Google  working on Maps,  Gmail and  Search.

 

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