UN climate summit: Young cleantech innovators from 6 continents meet in Paris

Languages: English | French

UN climate summit: Young cleantech innovators from 6 continents meet in Paris

4 December 2015, COP21, Paris – With the UN climate change summit under way, a dozen teams of young innovators hailing from six continents will meet in Paris today (4 December). The students and budding entrepreneurs all have promising ideas to counter climate change with disruptive technological and social inventions. Should there be a deal at the COP21 summit next week, it will take exactly these kinds of transformative new innovations and business models to implement it.

The young innovators, from countries as diverse as Australia, China and Ethiopia, have been invited by the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, and are set to learn and exchange effective ways to pitch their cleantech ideas to investors at a special boot camp in central Paris.

Ideas are the oxygen of growth in the zero carbon economy, and following today’s training the young innovators will present their radical ideas to an audience of business leaders and investors at the Grand Palais tomorrow (5 December) — to see if they can turn their ideas into reality. The events in Paris are the first opportunity for the participants to meet in person since they met online during Climate-KIC’s 2015 Climathon, a global 24-hour event to seek out some of the best new cleantech ideas.

Hunger to succeed

“There’s a real hunger to succeed and a desire to have impact that we have so far seen with the Climathon contestants. This really highlights the unprecedented opportunity we have to create a prosperous zero carbon future, driven by innovation, jobs, and investment,” says Ebrahim Mohamed, Climate-KIC’s education director. The participating teams have all won the national editions of Climate-KIC’s Climathon, which was held in June, and have since started to turn their concepts into real startup companies.

“Climate-KIC is seizing the zero carbon opportunity for Europe, but we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re reaching out to innovators around the world. We need to feed organisations around the world with disruptive, scalable, commercially-viable ideas to address climate change,” he said.

24-hour global event

Twenty major cities from six continents including national capitals such as Beijing, Washington DC, New Delhi, Addis Ababa and London came together for 24 hours on 18 June. Entrepreneurs, students and policy makers worked together — collaborating online — to find new solutions to their local, city-level, climate change problems ranging from sea-level rise to the conservation of biodiversity.

The focus in each city was predefined by local climate change challenges, ranging from finding ways to counter threats posed by sea-level rise in Boston, USA, to developing the best solutions to find ways to empower the citizens of São Paulo, Brazil, to improve the conservation of its biodiversity.

Building a zero carbon economy

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. The organisation addresses climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, decision metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

Climate-KIC runs programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The twelve global winning teams attending the events in Paris come from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Beijing (China), Boston (USA), Canberra (Australia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Frankfurt (Germany), London (UK), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Wellington (New Zealand), Walbrzych (Poland), Washington (USA) and Winterthur (Switzerland).

/ENDS

## NOTES FOR EDITORS ##

ABOUT THE TEAMS

Raw Food Rescue from Washington DC, USA

Challenge set by the city: How can public-private partnerships reduce food waste or loss generated by the District of Columbia’s residential or commercial sectors?

Solution: The Raw Food Rescue team proposes a logistics management private-public partnership devoted to rescuing and redistributing wasted food from commercial to residential sectors in the US capital. They offer same-day food recovery by crowdsourcing volunteer food rescuers close to commercial donors, such as restaurants and grocers, and offer incentives for regular and continual participation.

Media contact: Hiatt, Kurtis K., Assoc Director Media Relations, External Relations, 2121 I Street NW, Rice Hall, Washington, DC 20037, ph. (202) 994-1849, kkhiatt@gwu.edu

EvacuME from Boston, USA

Challenge set by the city: How can we Increase climate change resilience in the city of Boston?

Solution: The EvacuMe team wants to increase the resilience of Boston and other municipalities to emergencies by improving evacuation coordination. They have developed an emergency response app that integrates a mapping component that calculates custom evacuation routes with a communication component that consists of a two-way communication system between users and authorities.

Media contact: Theresa Silver, Program Coordinator, Water Diplomacy, Tufts Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Tufts University, Theresa.silver@tufts.edu, +1 617 627 5522

Garbage Collector (GACO) from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Challenge set by the city: Climate change is accelerating the rate of biodiversity loss in the city of São Paulo. Which solutions can be developed and applied to assist the citizens of São Paulo to improve biodiversity conservation in the city?

Solution: The Garbage Collector (GACO) team focuses on waste collection and the reduction of environmental impact stemming from residues, as well as improvement of working conditions at the partner cooperatives though four main approaches: (i) The creation of a web application platform to open new channels of communication between collection centres and the population; (ii) Mapping of requests of needs to compound a heat map; (iii) Flow control; (iv) Data analysis.

Media contact: Daniel Dias, USP Innovation Agency, ddias@usp.br, +55 11 3091 2932, +55 11 98284 5812

WAT Green Business Company from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Challenge set by the city: How can local business contribute to more sustainable, climate-smart urban water management?

Solution: The WAT Green Business Company team specialises in designing and implementing a creative, conscientious, and cost-effective means of rivers or streams reclamation and buffer zone development and protection, while enhancing their ecological and recreational property value.

Media contact: Sara Groenendijk, Ethiopia Innovation Centre, sarag@ethiopiacic.org, +251 9859 6861

Enet Finance Corporation Limited (ENetF) from Beijing, China

Challenge set by city: How to encourage citizens to install distributed photovoltaic (solar) panels?

Solution: The team that forms the China Enet Finance Corporation Limited (ENetF) is developing an internet based renewable energy financing platform. Taking Clean Power Finance (CPF), HASI (Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc.) and SolarCity as references, the main business areas of ENetF are investing, asset management and consulting in the clean energy market. 

Media contact: Changhua Wu, Climate Group, CWu@climategroup.org

Certified Renewable from Canberra, Australia

Challenge set by city: How can we help mitigate or adapt Canberra to the challenges of climate change and help it meets its climate change targets, in a fun, super-charged environment?

Solution: The Certified Renewable team offers accreditation based on a robust, clear methodology to businesses that use 100% renewable energy to power their enterprises. Certified Renewable will maximise brand potential of renewable energy investment by providing certified clients with a clear, consistent, versatile icon that is instantly recognisable and trusted: a promotional eco-label. Certified Renewable will market clients by listing them in an easily accessible online directory.

Media contact: Julia Talbot-Jones, The Australian National University, julia.talbot-jones@anu.edu.au

Po0ol from Wellington, New Zealand

Challenge set by city: What should urban New Zealand be doing to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change? How can we extend and amplify the work being done on Climate Change in New Zealand? What experiments can we design and run to further challenge thinking and connect new dots to current initiatives?

Solution: The Po0ol team is developing an e-commerce marketplace where suppliers of sustainable products and services offer their products at a reduced price. The Po0ol website benefits urban transport logistics by aggregating the deliveries of multiple companies. Hence, the more customers buying one product at the same time, the lower the price and the transport footprint.

Media contact: Anthony Cabraal, Victoria University of Wellington, Anthony.cabraal@enspiral.com, +6422 0766 169

Fly to Work from Winterthur, Switzerland

Challenge set by city: How can the growing city of Winterthur create eco-efficient mobility?

Solution: The team behind Fly to Work offers a ropeway as the perfect supplement for traffic systems. It’s eco-friendly, fast, easy and quick to build, cheap, flexible with the capacity, reliable, save and tested. Car parks would be built where commuters can leave their cars and from there can take a ropeway straight into the city centre.

Media contact: Melanie Müller, Climate-KIC Communications Officer Switzerland, Melanie.muller@climate-kic.org, +41 44 633 93 41, +41 (0) 79 401 0401

Electric Buses from Walbrych, Poland

Challenge set by city: How to increase residents’ engagement in the use of renewable energy sources? What actions are needed to engage all citizens and partners in prosumer actions in order to limit low emission in Wałbrzych?

Solution: This team’s goal is to reduce by 50 per cent the use of conventional exhaust buses in the fleet of Wałbrzych’s public Transportation sytem. They would be replaced with electric buses by 2020. Electric buses are already in the Polish streets, but they are only on the streets of large cities, for example Warsaw. We will be the first city of less than 100,000 inhabitants, to put only new electric buses on its roads.

Media contact: Sebastian Puculek, Climate-KIC Education Manager Lower Silesia, Poland, Sebastian.puculek@climate-kic.org, +48 71 734 7008, +48 727 660 226

Freapp from Frankfurt, Germany

Challenge set by city: What innovative real-time solutions could Frankfurt provide to increase green energy services for the city?

Solution: This team has developed the Freapp app, which allows users to save energy through gamification. Users can monitor their energy use and compete with other households. The app is connected with Frankfurt’s existing platforms for Energy efficiency.

Media contact: Christoph Auch, Education Lead Climate-KIC Regional Implementation Centres, christoph.auch@climate-kic.org, +49 69 305 25746, +49 163 257 49 76

The Cycle Boks from Copenhagen, Denmark

Challenge set by city: How will Copenhagen motivate behavioural change in our citizens’ to be climate smart?

Solution: The Cycle Boks team offers a movable, flexible and on demand bike parking for urban events. The Cycle Boks is designed so the customer can opt for a basic version in the form of a container with the racks, or if preferred can opt for add-ons in the form of minimal rack, functional rack or micro architecture which encompass solar panels, smart locks, lounge areas, etc.

Media contact: Penny Schmith, Communications Officer Climate-KIC Nordic, penny.schmith@climate-kic.org, +45 4525 1257

AirPublic from London, UK

Challenge set by city: How can London collect better air quality data from various travel and transport modes? How can we reduce the impact that poor air quality has in London – making the invisible, visible – through creating maps to enable people to plan low pollution routes through the city? How can we link open spaces to community groups wanting to grow food in a sustainable London?

Solution: The AirPublic team seeks to build networks of mobile sensors producing organic, reliable, real-time information on air quality that reflects the movements and lives of everyday people. Their mission is to provide cities and citizens with more dynamic, granular and representative data of air pollution than is currently available. This data will be produced by pollution sensors attached to mobile moving units (for example, hire bike schemes or bike couriers), and published as open data.

Media contact: Catherine Oriel, Climate-KIC Communications Officer UK, Catherine.oriel@climate-kic.org, +44 20 7594 58 55

ABOUT CLIMATE-KIC

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.

We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.

Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

http://www.climate-kic.org/journeytoparis

CONTACT

Angela Howarth
European Head of Communications, Climate-KIC
+44 (0) 7872 850 084
angela.howarth@climate-kic.org

 
Press-releases you may be interested in
press-releases
Reinventing Cities: C40 Launches Competition for G...

testestest

Reinventing Cities: C40 Launches Competition for Global Cities
press-releases
Climathon rallies an international city movement t...

More than 100 global cities gather for world’s largest...

Climathon rallies an international city movement to tackle climate change
press-releases
EU earth observation programme Copernicus opens it...

Participants in cities joining Climathon 2017 – the world...

EU earth observation programme Copernicus opens its database to world’s largest climate action hackathon
press-releases
Tallinn, Estonia, announced as global hub for inte...

TALLINN, ESTONIA, 2 OCTOBER 2017 Organisers have announced that...

Tallinn, Estonia, announced as global hub for international climate change hackathon, Climathon
press-releases
Climate-KIC and DG GROW partnership to accelerate ...

– BRUSSELS, Belgium.  10 August 2017  Together with the...

Climate-KIC and DG GROW partnership to accelerate use of Copernicus satellite data for upskilling next generation of climate leaders
press-releases
Climate-KIC boosts sustainable city solutions in S...

Climate-KIC is delighted to announce that three new districts,...

Climate-KIC boosts sustainable city solutions in Spain, Portugal and Malta
press-releases
Climathon calls on cities to take part in historic...

Cities around the world can join the Climathon movement...

Climathon calls on cities to take part in historic 24 hours of climate action
press-releases
World’s First Climate Rating for Equity Fund...

Climetrics’ rates funds worth €2 trillion Rating launched by...

World’s First Climate Rating for Equity Funds Launched
press-releases
Open Data Hub Launches with Aims to Narrow $125 Bi...

A pioneering global data community, Oasis HUB, was formally...

Open Data Hub Launches with Aims to Narrow $125 Billion Natural Hazard “Protection Gap”
press-releases
European Climate-KIC model successfully adapted fo...

Climate-KIC today welcomes the launch of Climate-KIC Australia, a...

European Climate-KIC model successfully adapted for the launch of Climate-KIC Australia
press-releases
Climate-KIC joins steering committee of the Low Em...

– LONDON, UK. 31 March 2017 Climate-KIC is pleased...

Climate-KIC joins steering committee of the Low Emission Development Strategies – Europe & Eurasia Platform
press-releases
Association Climate-KIC announces Anders Wijkman a...

For immediate release Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private partnership tackling...

Association Climate-KIC announces Anders Wijkman as new Chair of the Governing Board
press-releases
Gold Standard for the Global Goals will open up ne...

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. 21 December 2016 – In collaboration with...

Gold Standard for the Global Goals will open up new funding for high-impact sustainable urban development
press-releases
Analysing the European climate services market to ...

The new MARCO (MArket Research for a Climate services...

Analysing the European climate services market to unveil opportunities for growth
press-releases
Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Time to Amplify ac...

Today, at the Buildings Day organized during COP22 by...

Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Time to Amplify action in 50 cities by 2020
press-releases
Carbon Delta Announced as Europe’s Best Clim...

10 November 2016: Climate-KIC announced this week that Carbon...

Carbon Delta Announced as Europe’s Best Climate Venture of 2016
press-releases
Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance lays ou...

10th November 2016 – Cities and other sub-national bodies...

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance lays out how cities and sub-national bodies can finance solutions to climate change
press-releases
Cultural heritage in a changing climate: floating ...

VENICE, OCTOBER 28th, 2016 – Participants at an event...

Cultural heritage in a changing climate: floating green islands awarded at Climathon Venice
press-releases
EnCO2re moves to commercialise CO2 re-use for the ...

Breakthrough CO2 re-use programme seeks new industrial partners to...

EnCO2re moves to commercialise CO2 re-use for the plastics industry
press-releases
A New Generation of Cleantech Entrepreneurs is Set...

A new generation of cleantech entrepreneurs took home awards...

A New Generation of Cleantech Entrepreneurs is Set to Tackle Climate Change
press-releases
Gothenburg open for climate innovation

Gothenburg, Sweden – An app that lets you buy...

Gothenburg open for climate innovation
press-releases
Cleantech Teams From 30 Countries Meet in Estonia ...

Europe’s largest cleantech business ideas competition, ClimateLaunchpad, is organised...

Cleantech Teams From 30 Countries Meet in Estonia For Competition Final