These eleven organisations are building a greener Europe

Google, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, launched the €10 million Google.org Impact Challenge (GIC) on Climate to fund bold ideas that aim to use technology to accelerate Europe’s progress toward a greener, more resilient future. 11 initiatives have now been selected to receive funding.

The recipient solutions address a range of areas in need of decarbonisation and climate adaptation, such as in consumer behaviour, urban infrastructure, agriculture, water, energy, packaging, finance, weather forecasting and land.

“The response of our EIT Climate-KIC and Google.org communities to the Impact Challenge on Climate has been truly inspiring–quantitatively and qualitatively. The successful applicants are a source of hope and inspiration for all who believe in the power of human ingenuity and tenacity to transform ourselves and to contribute to just and inclusive Green Recovery,” said Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC. “I am furthermore delighted to see a set of possible synergies emerging among this solutions, indicating possibilities for systemic effects.” 

“We’re proud to have partnered with EIT Climate-KIC for the Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate,” said Rowan Barnett, Head of Google.org in EMEA and APAC. “Their deep network of expertise around innovation in the space of climate and sustainability was vital in helping to select this strong cohort of organisations. We look forward to working with them moving forward to provide the highest level of catalytic support to our Challenge grantees.”

 

Meet the recipients

  • CEiiA in Portugal aims to reward people for not emitting carbon. They’re building a blockchain-based sustainability platform with green digital credits that users can exchange for goods and other incentives.
  • The German non-profit Climate Farmers is developing soil carbon monitoring systems to help Europe’s farmers transition to regenerative agriculture. 
  • Dark Matter Laboratories, based in the Netherlands and UK, is creating a financial platform (that is open, verifiable and outcomes-based) to support public investments in urban tree restoration
  • Deltares in the Netherlands, in partnership with the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, is working to democratise information on water resources. They’re developing an app with water resources indicators.
  • The Energy Web Foundation in Switzerland is working to accelerate a low-carbon electricity system through open-source technologies that connect customers with energy markets.
  • Materiom, based in the UK, is helping share the building blocks of high-performing, low-carb compostables with an open-source library of bioplastic recipes. 
  • Sweden-based Meta Mind AB, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, helping the worlds companies automatically compile a carbon report by analysing bank transactions, making climate mitigation easy and actionable.
  • Open Climate Fix in the UK will use machine learning and satellite data to improve the forecasting of solar electricity—supporting the greening of electricity supplies. 
  • In France, Open Food Facts is working to link individual food scores to barcodes so that consumers and producers can see the environmental footprint of millions of food products and make choices to reduce their own impact. 
  • In collaboration with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Saildrone are using drones, which will quantify Gulf-Stream data, in real-time, to improve weather and global carbon predictions. 
  • The Arctic north stores as much carbon as Amazonia. Keeping it there is essential. The Snowchange Cooperative, based in Finland, is using technology and knowledge of indigenous communities to rewild this habitat.

 

What’s ahead

Starting this week, the funding recipients of the GIC on Climate will receive mentoring and workshops from Google and external experts on topics like technology, growth, product, design, people and more. 

You can learn more about these organisations in a new podcast series called Planet Progress. In each 25-minute episode, the host, mathematician and broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry, talks to organisations about their big ideas and the challenges they’re attempting to solve. 

 
Location
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
Munich Re and ERGO invest in EIT Climate-KIC carbon removal programme

Major German corporate group sets the ambition to accelerate...

Munich Re and ERGO invest in EIT Climate-KIC carbon removal programme
In The News
23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation po...

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has...

23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation potential in Europe
In The News
Investing in start-ups scales the offering of climate adaptation solutions in ...

A partnership between EIT Climate-KIC and CDC Group, the...

Investing in start-ups scales the offering of climate adaptation solutions in African and South Asian countries
In The News
Irish Aid extends support for innovation and development from the ground up

The Government of Ireland’s development assistance programme, Irish Aid,...

Irish Aid extends support for innovation and development from the ground up
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC showcases climate innovation at R&I Days

EIT Climate-KIC participated in the European Commission’s Research and...

EIT Climate-KIC showcases climate innovation at R&I Days
In The News
Branch Magazine wins Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity

Branch Magazine, a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC, Mozilla Foundation...

Branch Magazine wins Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity
In The News
Cross-KIC project to boost circular economy in Western Balkans

The circular economy concept is of crucial importance to...

Cross-KIC project to boost circular economy in Western Balkans
In The News
Exploring new horizons with Pioneers into Practice

Enrolment is now open for placement hosts and participants...

Exploring new horizons with Pioneers into Practice
In The News
Circular bioeconomy start-up receives €2 million from European Innovation Co...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Lixea (formerly Chrysalix Technologies) has received...

Circular bioeconomy start-up receives €2 million from European Innovation Council Fund
In The News
Embracing a new approach to climate change in Moldova

Moldova is one of Europe’s most modest contributors to...

Embracing a new approach to climate change in Moldova
In The News
Krakow: transforming the city towards climate neutrality

Poland’s former capital and one of its oldest cities,...

Krakow: transforming the city towards climate neutrality
In The News
Is Europe doing enough to tackle climate change?

On 23 April, EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop spoke...

Is Europe doing enough to tackle climate change?
In The News
EU Commission publishes sustainable finance taxonomy

The European Commission has published its EU-wide classification system for...

EU Commission publishes sustainable finance taxonomy
In The News
New European Bauhaus: what kind of future do you want to live in?

On 22 and 23 April, the first conference dedicated...

New European Bauhaus: what kind of future do you want to live in?
In The News
Estonian innovation to help stabilise grid as renewables increase

EIT Climate-KIC supported Estonian start-up Sympower has raised €5.2...

Estonian innovation to help stabilise grid as renewables increase
In The News
Five EIT Climate-KIC community members in Forbes 30 under 30 list

Twelve entrepreneurs from across the EIT community have been...

Five EIT Climate-KIC community members in Forbes 30 under 30 list
In The News
New equity crowdfunding programme unearths cleantech start-ups

Found by us, funded by you, a new start-up...

New equity crowdfunding programme unearths cleantech start-ups
In The News
From start-up to 100-person industry player in 18 months: air up is launching ...

It’s a beverage revolution: Healthy hydration while fooling your...

From start-up to 100-person industry player in 18 months: air up is launching in new markets
In The News
#TurnItAround: an event for all climate solutions seekers, suppliers and enabl...

As part of the fifth SDG Global festival of...

#TurnItAround: an event for all climate solutions seekers, suppliers and enablers
In The News
New EIT initiative to boost innovation in higher education

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is...

New EIT initiative to boost innovation in higher education
In The News
Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik

“We are preparing plans for the next decade. Mentality is...

Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik
In The News
Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience

The new Urban Action Kit, launched by the International...

Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience
In The News
Climate app among DigiEduHack 2020 global finalists

The DigiEduHack, supported by EIT Climate-KIC as well as...

Climate app among DigiEduHack 2020 global finalists
In The News
GreeMko receives Climate Reality Project Award in Spain 

GreeMko (for Green Management Technology), a Spanish start-up that...

GreeMko receives Climate Reality Project Award in Spain 
In The News
What’s the future of trade in a climate crisis?

EIT Climate-KIC Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Dunlop addressed the...

What’s the future of trade in a climate crisis?
In The News
Wanted: Green business ideas to fix climate change

Starting today, the seventh edition of the global green...

Wanted: Green business ideas to fix climate change
In The News
Why sustainable water management needs a systemic solution

Ensuring that fresh water is available, in a sustainable...

Why sustainable water management needs a systemic solution
In The News
Integrating nature with technology to strengthen climate adaptation

The European Commission released the new EU Climate Adaptation...

Integrating nature with technology to strengthen climate adaptation
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC is a key player in helping Europe adapt to climate change

EIT Climate-KIC welcomes the new EU strategy on adaptation...

EIT Climate-KIC is a key player in helping Europe adapt to climate change
In The News
Edinburgh: building climate resilient infrastructure and communities

A labyrinth of cobblestone streets, dimly lit and presided...

Edinburgh: building climate resilient infrastructure and communities