10 Finnish climate change solutions: Eat insects and grow vegetables in stores

Finland gathered the most applications this year of all the 28 countries participating in the world’s largest climate innovation contest, Climate-KIC’s ClimateLaunchPad.

Over 50 Finnish teams applied with solutions that vary from energy-saving apps to plug-and-play solar panels for Africa. The 10 teams that were selected met at a Climate-KIC boot camp in Helsinki in May.

Finland’s largest independent think tank Demos Helsinki is helping the teams to make their solutions viable and interesting enough to attract attention from investors.

“We’ve been blown away by the variation and the passion of the teams. All of these solutions are important ones, as wicked problems like climate change need to be addressed from multiple angles at the same time,” said Maria Ritola, Head of Resource Smart Economy at Demos Helsinki.

ClimateLaunchpad: Finnish boot camp 2015

Climate-KIC makes a virtual stop in Finland this week (13 – 19 July) as part of its journey to the UN climate change summit COP21 in Paris. For more items in this series visit the #JourneyToParis page.

Here are the 10 Finnish teams and their solutions to climate change, the best ones will go on to represent Finland at the final in Amsterdam. Which ones? Watch this space and find out tomorrow.

1. Eat insects

Eating insects is common outside the Western world. Compared to cattle, insect production emits dozens of times less of the greenhouse gas methane. The Academic Association of Insect Economics (AAIE) brings together insect production research and financing. Additionally, their aim is to create and develop an industry around insect production and processing for both livestock and human consumption.

2. Act local

Travelling from residential areas to city centres causes congestion and is a major source of emissions. 24/7 Local Service Point is a 24/7 available smart container, that reinvigorates the local community by providing easily accessible facilities for local services and exchanges. This reduces the need for travel to city centres and for the construction of business space.

The traditional year-round greenhouse cultivation of vegetables can be as bad for the climate as poultry production.

3. Grow vegetables in stores

The traditional year-round greenhouse cultivation of vegetables can be as bad for the climate as poultry production. BlokFood is a distributed aquaponics in-store greenhouse concept to produce vegetables and fish. Customers pick the vegetables fresh themselves and fish is harvested as a by-product. The process is a closed-loop cycle with close to no input of fertilisers.

4. Charge your truck when driving downhill

Trucks, buses and the like produce a total of 5 per cent of the EU’s greenhouse gases. Electric motor powered hill assistant unit for Heavy Good Vehicle is an electric motor for the trailer of a truck that assists when going uphill and and charges when going downhill.

5. Use solar power to read in the dark

Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to provide electricity, as a total of ten countries have less than 15 per cent of their households electrified. Energalis is a distributed solar thermal and solar electric solution including full financing and maintenance, aiming to the growing African markets. It’s aim is to improve the quality of life of African households while lessening greenhouse gas emissions and forest loss.

6. Compete with others to save energy

Homes are responsible for around 25 percent of European greenhouse emissions from energy. EnergyUP is a social platform for measuring and enhancing energy saving actions at home and work, through sharing, challenging and comparing the results inside a social network context.

Logistics alone is responsible for 5 to 6 percent of all our greenhouse gas emissions.

7. Keep trucks loaded at all times

Logistics alone is responsible for 5 to 6 percent of all our greenhouse gas emissions. Loadbro reduces greenhouse gas emissions by offering backhauls for shippers and raising the loading ratio of trucks, radically reducing the empty driving of trucks.

Indoor smoke from solid fuels is the eight leading cause of death in developing countries.

8. Filter clean water instead of boiling it

Indoor smoke from solid fuels is the eight leading cause of death in developing countries and burning charcoal is also a major emission source. Nanomaji is developing a filter product for African markets that removes contaminants from the water and eliminates the need of boiling it. This solution has potential to reduce the amount of charcoal used around the world for boiling water.

9. Eat plant protein

The production of animal protein is estimated to contribute half of all the earth’s greehouse gas emissions. OatKitchen is developing a perfect plant protein out of oats and fava beans that is both sustainable and delicious.

Passenger cars alone are responsible for over 10 per cent of the EU’s CO2 emissions.

10. Find all transport options in one app

Passenger cars alone are responsible for over 10 per cent of the EU’s CO2 emissions. Tuup helps to manage everyday time use and mobility by bringing all mobility options into one application, making it easy to compare and pay for services such as parking, public transport, taxi, car and bike sharing.

Climate-KIC’s Journey to Paris

Climate-KIC runs its #JourneytoParis campaign from June until December 2015, with the UN’s crucial COP21 climate change summit as destination.

Every week for 28 weeks, Climate-KIC puts the spotlight on a different part of Europe. Join us and meet the people and initiatives who are building Europe’s low-carbon economy!