The tech entrepreneur and net zero lawyer is listed among 18 people, including former Google ethical AI computer scientist Timnit Gebru and New Zealand film director Taika Waititi, in the innovators category.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in the ‘Titans’ category.
Former US Vice President Al Gore, founder of the Climate Reality Project, credits Cannon-Brookes in a profile for Time, pointing to the slowness of Australia’s raising awareness of coal to renewable energy.
“Mike Cannon-Brookes is working to change that. He is one of the visionaries and major backers (along with fellow Australian green business champion, Andrew Forrest) behind a groundbreaking project that will allow Australia to not only harness its solar potential, but also export it,” Gore writes. referring to the $30 billion Sun Cable project in the Northern Territory
The Sun Cable project includes a gigantic solar park and battery storage facility near Tennant Creek, connected to the world’s longest submarine high voltage DC cable, stretching 4,200 km from Darwin to Singapore.
“And he doesn’t stop there. When one of the nation’s largest energy companies announced plans that would allow its coal-fired plants to continue spewing greenhouse gases for another 20 years, Cannon-Brookes turned its financial firepower to efforts to move the utility away from coal and towards clean energy”, writes Goor.
“Cannon-Brookes’ innovative investments and vocal advocacy for private sector decarbonisation are redefining the role of climate activism in business and investment.”
Gore talks about the Atlassian boss’s battle as an activist shareholder at AGL, spending more than $600 million on an 11.3% stake to become the energy giant’s largest shareholder through his family investment company. , Grok Ventures.
Cannon-Brookes approves company plans to split the company in two, under the motto “Keep it together”. He wants AGL to close its coal plants by 2035 and questions whether the proposed coal spin-off, Accel Energy, will be financially viable.
Last year, the billionaire pledged to invest $1 billion through Grok in climate change startups over the next decade.