To assemble this list, TIME reporters and editors – along with experts from the TIMECO2 team – sought out measurable, scalable achievements and prioritised recent action, selecting individuals making significant progress in fighting climate change by creating business value. Each has been evaluated on a variety of factors including recency of action, measurable results, and influence.
Published alongside the TIME100 Climate list are insights from listmakers on ways to drive credible change for a better future for the Earth, including by Breakthrough Energy Ventures founder Bill Gates; fashion designer Stella McCartney; COP28 president and Masdar chairperson Sultan Al Jaber; Land O’Lakes Inc. CEO Beth Ford; Microsoft/Xbox director of Sustainability Trista Patterson; singer-songwriter Billie Eilish; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; band Coldplay and many more.
TIME CEO Jessica Sibley says: “At TIME, we believe there has never been a more urgent need for solutions-oriented climate journalism. We are thrilled to further this mission – and to empower business leaders and individuals to take climate action – with the inaugural TIME100 Climate list.”
Of the inaugural TIME100 Climate list, TIME editor-in-chief Sam Jacobs writes: “Climate leadership is embedded across all of our coverage today. But we believe more could be done to draw attention to the people who are shaping and leading climate action… The TIME100 Climate is not only a community, it is an argument for how we see the future: We are recognising those who are connecting climate action and business value, because we believe progress for the planet will come from the engagement with and leadership by the business world.”
THE 2023 TIME100 CLIMATE LISTMAKERS ON CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry: “The world needs to stop procrastinating and spreading disinformation that’s standing in the way of what science tells us we must do.”
ExxonMobil President of Low Carbon Solutions Dan Ammann: “Carbon pricing in one form or another is really important. It enables all lower emission technologies to compete.”
Apple Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa P. Jackson: ”There just aren’t technologies available at scale that can zero out emissions from business travel, commute or shipping. Ramped up innovation and investment can break through those… barriers [and] help industry tap into this opportunity.”
Musician Billie Eilish: “On my last world tour, we provided over 24 000 plant-based meals for our touring crew and worked with venues to ensure plant-based options were available to fans. I know that not everyone can or will switch to a completely plant-based diet, but even incrementally reducing consumption of animal-derived food can have huge impacts on our planet.”
Fashion designer and LVMH sustainability adviser Stella McCartney: “Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the planet. Businesses need to transition away from conventional, harmful materials and methods that hurt workers and animals. We need to get creative with alternatives. A truck full of clothing goes to landfill or incinerators every second. This is a huge opportunity for any company willing to be brave and bold enough to tackle it.”
Amazon Chief Sustainability Officer Kara Hurst: “We’ve seen that job creation and local economic investment are regularly a result of renewable energy projects.”