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Our planet is facing an incredible set of challenges. At planet:tech, leading innovators, startups, companies and activists come together to discuss the solutions to our environmental crisis.

Join us in Rio de Janeiro this April.

Amazonian Activist Txai Suruí on Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit Rio 2023 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Txai Suruí
Activist

What’s happening?

At planet:tech, we explore the scientific, business and cultural impacts of climate change – from carbon removal and plant-based R&D to investment, innovation and a new wave of activism.

Your Web Summit Rio ticket gives you access to all masterclasses and roundtables at the event, as well as to talks on planet:tech and 15-plus other tracks.

Niklas Kluger, Co-founder & COO at InPlanet, on Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit Rio 2023 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Neanda Salvaterra, Senior Reporter Agenda, a Financial Times publication, on Planet:Tech
Meredith Whittaker, President, Signal, left, and Rob Pegoraro, Contributor, Fast Company, on FullSTK Stage during day two of Web Summit Rio 2023 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
From net zero to climate positive

“We’re on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator”, according to UN secretary-general António Guterres. But are companies doing enough, and are they taking carbon emissions seriously? Activists, shareholders and Fortune 500s discuss the carbon economy, divestment and more.

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Adapting cleantech

Energy prices and carbon emissions are constantly rising. Dive into the solutions set to transform the sector – from solar, wind and hydro to geothermal and biomass. What will the world’s energy mix be in 2030, and what alternatives could be part of the solution?

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Climate and conflict

With rainforest destruction, mass extinction, overfarming and overfishing, catastrophic climate change has already claimed many lives and caused mass migration. Is the one and a half degree warming target unattainable? Can we avoid catastrophe? And how can we act to save Earth and its ecosystems?

Are the UN SDGs sustainable?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for a more equitable society. But are they achievable? And are companies aligning with them for marketing purposes or genuine accountability? Can technology speed up the climate race and make these goals globally accessible?

Meet some of our past sustainability speakers

Sophia Kianni
Sophia Kianni
Founder & Climate ActivistClimate Cardinals
Al Gore
Al Gore
ChairmanGeneration Investment Management
Kate Brandt
Kate Brandt
Chief Sustainability OfficerGoogle
Ryan Gellert
Ryan Gellert
CEOPatagonia
Melanie Nakagawa
Melanie Nakagawa
Chief Sustainability OfficerMicrosoft
Christopher Hopper
Christopher Hopper
Co-founder & CEOAurora Solar
Kara Hurst
Kara Hurst
Chief Sustainability OfficerAmazon
Jens Nielsen
Jens Nielsen
Founder & CEOWorld Climate Foundation
Ryan Pandya
Ryan Pandya
Co-founder & CEOPerfect Day
Annabelle Baker
Annabelle Baker
DirectorLush
Craig Leeson
Craig Leeson
CEO, Filmmaker & ExplorerLeeson Media International
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
Co-founderThe Solutions Project
Anna Gedda
Anna Gedda
Chief Sustainability OfficerH&M
Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown
CEOImpossible Foods
Pia Heidenmark Cook
Pia Heidenmark Cook
Chief Sustainability OfficerIkea

Companies that attend

“We cannot only make incremental progress, but exponential change.”

aira Mehta, Student Innovator, The Knowledge Society, on planet:tech Stage

– Taira Mehta, Student Innovator, The Knowledge Society

“We must ensure that this fourth industrial revolution is a force for good.”

António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, on centre stage

– António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

“We need to cut the carbon footprint in a half within ten years.”

Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism, on Centre Stage during day two of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

– Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism

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