Decarbonathon jury named most promising innovations for lowering CO2 emissions
Four technology-based innovative projects have been declared winners of the Decarbonathon, a competition created via a Young Global Leaders initiative of the World Economic Forum to find the most promising solutions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in cities, and that can be activated directly and easily by citizens. The competition was supported by ENGIE, the Centre for Carbon Measurement from the British National Physical Laboratory, Climate-KIC and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in France.
Nearly 600 participants and 175 teams, coming from 67 different countries, joined this worldwide competition which had been launched in October 2015 around four themes: sustainable mobility, energy efficient buildings, production and sustainable energy consumption.
The winners are:
- 1st price: Mobiliteam
An air booster that reduces the energy consumption of electric vehicles by improving the energy efficiency of air conditioning systems; having no effect on the passenger’s comfort.
- 2nd price: Bynd
A mobile app to share daily rides as easily and fast as possible, combining public and private transport means.
- 3rd price: TEBS (Traffic Energy Bar System)
A mechanical system producing distributed energy by harvesting energy from cars on tolls or roadways where vehicles need to reduce their speed.
- 4th price: Mutum
A gamification and collaborative platform to mutualize different objects and tools (occasionally used on an individual basis) to avoid over consumption.
RAIDERS team has been rewarded by the public through a special prize, with a project to optimize collectively the last mile part of every journey when arriving at the airport or at the train station.
For the record, out of the 175 teams who responded to the call for projects, and following a screening involving close to 100 internationals low carbon economy experts, 16 finalists were chosen and announced during COP21 innovation night, on 4 December 2015.
These teams were then further mentored to mature their ideas and they competed in a two days ‘hackathon’ in Paris, which ended on 15th January in short presentations in front of an international jury in Paris. The projects have been then evaluated on criteria such as the CO2 impact, feasibility, potential acceptance by the citizens or the quality of the project presentation to pick the 4 winners.
The jury was made up of policy, energy and climate experts, including Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, Jacqueline Lecourtier, Former Chairwoman of the French National Research Agency, John Dutton, Director and Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Philippe Cadre, Industrial Property Director at French National Institute of Industrial Property, Jane Burston, Head of Climate & Environment Department at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, and Raphael Schoentgen, Research & Technologies Director at ENGIE.
Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of ENGIE, said: “I want to thank all the participants of this hackathon for their involvement and the quality of the work they provided during the four months of competition. With our partners, we are very proud and honoured to support the development of all these new ideas to fight global warning; it is the beginning of a challenging story together with the winning teams.”
Now that the competition is over, the winners will benefit from publicity around their project and direct contact with potential investors. They will also be eligible for further mentoring and an acceleration programme with the partners to help get their project to market more quickly, in addition to over 20,000 Euros worth of prizes including electric bikes and eco-friendly trips.
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