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We're gathered in the historic city of Malmo, Sweden this week with six innovators and some of the world's leading experts on sustainability to harness the power of collective solutions. "It's amazing to be here in Malmö with this years innovators," says Sofus Midtgaard the Nordic lead on LAUNCH. Midtgaard says creating real impact means "changing business as usual, scaling innovative solutions and preparing the system to adopt them." Toke Sabroe of LAUNCH helping May Al-Karooni, CEO of Globechain prepare her presentation. To help these innovators succeed and scale, LAUNCH partners IKEA Group, Nike Inc., Novozymes, Kvadrat, as well as leading scientists, investors, and Nordic government representatives will team up with the innovators tomorrow for interactive ideation and mentorship sessions. "It is this coming together of unusual partners from across industry and government where the power of LAUNCH lies to truly change the world," says Jeff Hamaoui of LAUNCH. "Innovation pushes us to think about the future we want and what could be, rather than the future that is coming to us," Hamaoui adds. The 6 LAUNCH Nordic innovators share how their ideas can disrupt the system: BioCellection: a biotech solution that uses bacteria to upcycle plastic. Cofounders Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao are based in the US: BioCellection's mission is to turn plastic pollution into value and to make this technology globally accessible. We are building a platform technology that will convert mixed plastic waste that is currently going to landfills, incinerators, and oceans into new materials and chemicals that can be used in the value chain of a variety of industries, ranging from construction, textiles, to biotechnology. We are upcycling a currently uncaptured material and closing the plastic economy by bridging previously disparate industries and rethinking the question 'plastics to X?' Globechain: a platform to connect businesses, charities and people to reuse unwanted items. Founder and CEO May Al-Karooni is based in the UK: Globechain is a reuse platform that connects businesses to charities and smes to give and take unwanted items within a supply chain network creating a social impact waste audit for its members. To date, it has helped divert over 1,000,000 kilos from landfill, contributed to over 800,000 in savings/revenue to charitable causes and indirectly helped increase employment and up skilling by around 37%. Infinited Fibre Company: a closed loop solution for the textile industry. Founder Petri Alava is based in Finland: We have sustainable chemical technology to produce new natural and affordable textile fibers equal to cotton from textile and cardboard waste normally ending up to landfills. The fashion industry is excited about this unique technology and many major brands are committed to working with us and helping scale us to markets. The potential impact, if we get this to large markets and people all over the world, could be annually savings of 6.5 billion litres of oil and 65 billion litres of fresh water. Kabadiwalla Connect: a system to help cities manage recyclable waste, by leveraging the informal waste ecosystem. Founder Siddhartha Hande is based in India: Urban India's waste management system is in crisis. Every year our cities generate over 68 million tons of waste and currently over 90% is sent to open landfills. Eventually, our company hopes to help divert 70% of this waste by engaging the informal sector -- helping avoid the emissions of 30 million tons of CO2 and resulting in the savings of at least 3.5 billion USD in expenditures for local municipalities every year. Shrilk: a biodegradable alternative to plastic that is inspired by the insect cuticle. Founder Javier Fernandez is based in Singapore: We believe the age of plastic is coming to its end and a new era based on the integration of biology in manufacturing is coming. Similar to how plastic transformed society and the way we consume and produce, biomaterials will do the same in bringing new methods of production addressing the current societal and sustainability needs. Queen of Raw: an online sustainable materials marketplace for suppliers and designers. CEO and Co-Founder Stephanie Benedetto is based in the US: Brands across industries struggle to find sustainable raw materials and factories around the world struggle to sell their excess stock that sits in a warehouse or eventually ends up in a landfill. Queen of Raw provides the bridge and by 2025 can save over 4 billion gallons of water and 2 million pounds of chemicals while keeping over 2 million tons of textiles out of landfills. BioCellection cofounders Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao honing their pitch ahead of the Nordic Forum December 1. "We are working to make our whole product range more sustainable, including playing an active role in the transition to a circular economy. We are looking forward to meeting this year's innovators with disruptive ideas and fresh mindsets who can help us on this journey. I'm looking forward to help and interact with this year's six selected innovators." Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group You'll be able to meet all six innovators online today via Twitter at 10:30am EST. Using the hashtag #LAUNCHNordic, the innovators will share insights on their work and innovative ways to give products and materials a second life! Also joining them on Twitter will be NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman, a chemist and former United States Air Force officer, Coleman has been on three space missions and spent 180 days in space. She's eager to learn more about the innovations and says "a sustainable earth" will help inform our future journey to Mars. "While living up on our International Space Station for 6 months, I had a special vantage point," Coleman says. "We are all on a journey and whether we have our feet right here on earth, or we are traveling thru space, we have some problem solving to do. We need to be able to recycle our water, take care of our air, and grow food in places that it is not easy to do that. You can see that space exploration and sustainable earth have a lot in common," she adds. NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman It is especially poignant to have Coleman join on Twitter today on the eve of her retirement from NASA! After 33 years, Cady Coleman is beginning her next journey so be sure to join us on #LAUNCHNordic as we congratulate her on a remarkable career. "Being partners in LAUNCH Nordic has been highly inspirational for us. We are looking forward to helping this year's innovators, but we learn a lot from them as well. We look forward to share knowledge and hopefully find meaningful and relevant technologies and innovation suitable for co-investment." Anders Byriel, CEO, Kvadrat LAUNCH's Sofus Midtgaard and Jeff Hamaoui at High Court in Malmo, Sweden. Following the LAUNCH Nordic Forum, innovators will take part in an accelerator program to help them bring their innovations to scale. The LAUNCH Nordic Council participants include: Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group; Anders Byriel, CEO, Kvadrat; Morten Elkjær, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mikkel Stenbæk, Deputy Head of Division, Danish EPA; Carin Daal, Head of Department, Region Skåne; and Mike van der Zanden, Sustainability Director, Supply Chain Innovation Europe, Nike. They will provide access to capital, credibility and capacity to help the six innovators take their innovations to scale. Malmo, Sweden where old red brick factories and historic canals take you back to the city's origins in the 16th century. The multimedia team of Bjarke Myrthu, Davar Ardalan, and Longfei Wang preparing for a live digital event at High Court in Malmo, Sweden. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Opportunities for innovation soar This week, the Airports Going Green conference was held at Schiphol Airport. During the conference, the Airports Sustainability Declaration was signed by 18 airports and related organizations such as Brisbane Airport Corporation, Carbon War Room, Centennial Airport, Chicago Department of Aviation, Wayne County Airport Authority, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Over 25 airports attended when the declaration was officially signed. In this declaration, the airports agreed to work together to create major steps forward in terms of sustainability. The joint ambition is to strengthen the system of sustainable and resilient airports worldwide, through collaboration, transparency, innovation, and engagement. My attention was specifically drawn to the fact that the airports announced that they would voluntarily join forces worldwide to become socially, environmentally and economically prosperous and, perhaps most importantly, to become more adaptable. The impact of airports is, of course, huge with one the most significant issues being CO2 emissions. As climate change actually affects 13 of the 17 SDGs, the impact or footprint of airports and specifically aviation, is enormous. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has estimated that aviation's total CO2 emissions account for 2% of global emissions' impact on climate change. Of that figure, the airports' own operations only account for up to 5%. It is of course the flying that accounts for the most emissions. Back in 2007, the global airport industry recognized this and committed to reduce its carbon emissions in a special resolution passed at the ACI WORLD Annual Congress & Assembly. CO2 positive airports, future power plants So, right at the time of Cop 22 and with regards to CO2, my perception or expectation of the value of this newly signed declaration is one of a commitment to a collaborative system change. After all, the fact of the matter is that despite all appreciative initiatives and steps forward, the sector as a whole must innovate and solve its sustainability challenges together, in order to effectively beat climate change in time. Collaboration is, in fact, the only way to get the job done. If that was indeed the spirit behind the declaration, I'm all for it, and it has my support and praise. They can share and raise ambitions based on the progression of trendsetting airports such as London Gatwick Airport for instance, who also signed the declaration, and is on track to becoming UK's most sustainable airport. Gatwick aims to cut emissions by 32.6% and energy by 16.6% by 2020. This was stated in their Decade of Change report, which was disclosed a few weeks after Gatwick became one of UK's happy few to achieve the triple certification of the Carbon Trust Standard, received for achieving ongoing reductions in carbon emission, water use and improvements on waste management. Thus, there is already work in progress. But we need to raise the bar. And airports can do this with their collaboration. The aim is getting all airports to be -at least- carbon neutral. That way they can cover the operational 5% as mentioned above. A press release of Airport Carbon Accreditation on May 13, 2016 shows that Post-COP21, more airports than ever are working to reduce their CO2 and impact on climate change. Currently, 157 airports worldwide are certified at one of the 4 levels of the Airport Carbon Accreditation and 21 airport operators are carbon neutral - the latest is Izmir Adnan Menderes airport in Turkey. I wish the new coalition sets itself the goal to achieve carbon neutrality for her members as soon as possible. From the 0 point of frontrunners, it will be easier to create tremendous impact by setting course towards all or at least the majority of all airports. From carbon neutral onwards, we can move forward to CO2 positive. Following the footsteps of companies like Unilever, aiming to have a positive CO2 footprint by 2030, by generating more sustainable energy than they need for their own use. If airports can reach the positive impact goal in terms of CO2, they would become the renewable, power plants of the future. Airports circular hotspots In addition to making a significant impact on CO2 emissions, airports are a great circular economy opportunity. Jos Nijhuis, President and CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, proudly explained how to build terminals with sustainable technologies and how temporary terminals will be recycled by literally folding them up. Airports can be innovation hubs for new technologies like these. Great examples around the world are appearing, such as the new Mexican airport claiming to be the most sustainable one in the world. The construction of the airport would rely on an exclusive pre-manufactured system designed to quicken the rate of construction and minimize waste. The airport is designed to have shorter walking distances and fewer floors. Equipped with solar panels, ultimately providing 50 megawatts of peak power, the energy generated is enough to supply a large portion of the airport's energy use. With systems for re-utilization of rainwater as well as an intelligent ventilation system, solutions are created to reduce the airport's footprint in term of resource use, waist generation and of course CO2 emissions. It should also be said that besides being sustainable, its design is stunning, providing amazing views of planes circling the sky and showing its unique skin-like material wrapped around an enormous, lightweight structure. The new coalition can share great innovations like these and use them to build new airports or renovate existing ones. Airports can become truly circular hotspots, not only for themselves, but also with an impact on constructions for cities, factories and other facilities such as hospitals. The impact of airports extends to a much bigger system level; construction and architecture. In reverse, airports, and certainly this new coalition, can learn from other constructing sectors to reach the highest possible circular rate, with the final destination being: zero waste and upcycling of material and waste from other places. Airports could even become the cleansing areas of the world! Jos Nijhuis, President and CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, mentioned Boyan Slat, our young Dutch hero who has the ambition to clean up the oceans of plastic waste. Let that inspire the coalition! Cleaning up aviation: the next revolution in aviation It is also vital to let the coalition challenge and facilitate its customers, most importantly the airlines. At a time where we have just witnessed the around the world tour of Solar Impulse 2, powered only by the sun, the sky should literally become the limit. Pioneer Piccard's mission was the ultimate energy saving: no fuel at all. He dares to take a bet on the fact that in 10 years' time, commercial short haul flights will be able to transport 50 passengers at a time in fully electric carriers. Imagine the impact of eliminating all negative particles and the resulting CO2 impact. And imagine from that moment on having totally silent airplanes and airports during the day and, most significantly, at night. The impact on both nature and people would be tremendous and would contribute to most of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the meantime, at this year's conference, a new partnership between the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson, and SKYNRG, an aggregator and supplier of sustainable aviation fuels, based in the Netherlands, made Seattle Tacoma International airport the world's first airport to proactively explore long-term financing for sustainable aviation fuels. This is instrumental for now, but the game needs to be changed. The ultimate goal should be to strive for absolute zero carbon, as outlined in Piccard's mission. Fortunately, hope is on the way: Nasa has started utilizing a new facility to test electric aircraft technologies in what will become the 'next revolution in aviation'. NASA's New Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) facility will become -after completion- a testbed used to assemble and test power systems for large passenger airplanes with over 20 megawatts (MW) of power. Progress is already being made. The largest sustainable aircraft so far has passed recent tests. The aircraft, measuring 92m long has recently passed ground systems tests in Bedfordshire, UK. Named Airlander 10 and owned by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the vehicle is 60 percent lighter than traditional aircrafts, eliminating materials which typically weigh aircrafts down. The aircraft is approximately 50ft larger than conventional passenger aircrafts. Incorporating lightweight composites, the construction foregoes any internal structures but is supported by the use of helium, alongside internal gas pressures which supports and maintains the aircraft's shape. Chris Daniels, Communications Director, HAV, said in an interview recently that he believes this will be the first aircraft of its size to achieve commercially viable zero carbon flight, once the technology is well established. High expectations: a threefold ambition Airports can challenge aviation, combat climate change, facilitate and become breeding grounds of innovation. It is the future and a tremendous opportunity. One that involves a threefold ambition at least. Become CO2 positive, circular, and an innovation hotspot that is a breeding ground for innovative progress from all sectors and most significantly, aviation. I can't wait to see what next year's Airports Going Green conference will bring. A year from now, and given the above: we should expect innovation and opportunities to soar! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a historical landmark agreement in Paris on 12 December 2015, charting a fundamentally new course for global climate efforts. The Paris Agreement (PA) came into force on 4 November 2016, creating a history in multilateral diplomacy, as no other convention came into force so quickly. This reflects global political commitment and desire for a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future. Now we need to adopt procedures for operationalizing the new framework, institutions and processes established under the Agreement, starting from the COP22 at Marrakech. Timor-Leste is a small island state and has recently made the transition from conflict toward sustainable development. Climate change poses immense pressure to economic growth and development. Intensified climatic events are posing major threats to lives and livelihoods of Timorese population, notable in remote areas with large portions of the population below the poverty line. The 2015/16 El-Nino event seriously affected 120,000 people (approximately 10% of the overall population). Similar climate-induced development challenges are increasingly evident in many other parts of the world, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). We, being the lowest emitters of GHGs, are the hardest hit from climate effects mostly caused by others. Still, we strongly echo the key essence of the Paris Agreement of sharing responsibilities for meeting the global emission-reduction goals. This is demonstrated through finalization of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by most of the parties representing SIDS, LDCs and developing countries, including Timor-Leste. First and foremost, it is critical to implement the pre-2020 commitments under the Convention, both in terms of mitigation ambition and climate finance. The COP 22 needs to generate momentum for quick implementation following the decision of the Warsaw COP 2013. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) emerged as the centerpiece of global emission-reduction targets as outlined in the Paris Agreement. Adoption of the NDCs has ended the strict differentiation between developed and developing countries and created the common framework based on "common but differentiated responsibilities and respected capabilities." However, emission-reduction commitments pledged to date are inadequate to meet the 2-degree Celsius goals. Timor-Leste being one of the lowest emitters of global GHG (only 0.003%) has already finalized its INDC. Our commitment toward GHG-emission reduction following the Article 4.6 of the Paris Agreement outlines an economy-wide approach of developing policies and strategies targeting low-emission, resilient growth. Creating the legal framework and promotion of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, possible substitution of fossil fuels, building climate-resilient infrastructures, sustainable ecosystem management and enhancing institutional capacity is at the heart of Timor-Leste's INDC. While we are committed to doing our bit, we expect major emitters, both old and new, to enhance their emission reduction aspirations for reaching the global-temperature goals, preferably to 1.5-degree C. Developing countries, particularly LDCs and SIDS, must be supported with dedicated financial and technical resources to achieve emission-reduction aspirations, while meeting economic and poverty-reduction targets. Climate finance stands at the core of the concerns for the most vulnerable countries, including Timor-Leste, which being very minor emitters are already suffering the most from other's emissions. Climate finance also needs to be based on fundamental economic principles, like the polluter-pays-principle (PPP). Today many governments are applying PPP domestically, solid-waste management being a classic example. So why can not the same principle be used for GHG emission as argued by many scientists, including Nobel Laureate economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman? The agreed principles of climate finance, such as new and additional, adequate and predictable funding, needs to be realized in order to avoid double counting of ODA as climate finance. Notable gaps in existing climate-finance mechanisms, including Adaptation Fund (AF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), coupled with slow disbursement of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), poses major challenges for the most vulnerable countries like Timor-Leste to address massive impacts of climate change. The United Nations should accelerate its effort to strengthen capacities and facilitate climate finance access to turn the Paris Agreement aspirations into actions as well as to support the poorest and most vulnerable who are often the innocent victims, and it needs financing to this end. The Paris Agreement rightly linked adaptation and climate finance to the level of mitigation and temperature rise. Ambitious mitigation targets will bring in the most adaptation benefits in the avoided form of loss and damage (L&D). Timor-Leste, being one of the leads in L&D discussions, supports concrete outcomes on risk transfer, insurance and climate-induced displacement at COP22. The Paris Agreement was adopted in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and efforts toward them need to be integrated and mutually reinforcing. Building resilient societies that are better equipped to withstand climate and disaster risks, and protect people and planet, must be an integral component of development. Global solidarity and a spirit of responsibility for global common goods will be key to translate the Paris Agreement into tangible reality and to keep the historic momentum created at Paris. This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, in conjunction with the U.N.'s 22nd Conference of the Parties(COP22) in Morocco (Nov. 7-18), aka the climate-change conference. The series will put a spotlight on climate-change issues and the conference itself. To view the entire series, visit here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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