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China’s Climate Solvers Leading Us Out of Chaos

Riding through the traffic in a “medium-sized” Chinese city like Changsha, may instill a sense of chaos in many people. Yet, it also challenges us to take necessary steps towards a future where people can live within the natural resource boundaries of our one and only planet.

Fortunately climate entrepreneurs all over the world are taking on that challenge, and presenting solutions that will help us create that future.

After a successful launch of the first Chinese Climate Sovlers in Beijing last year, another five were announced today in Changsha.

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-       Photovoltaic Ceramic Tile, developed by Zhejiang Heda Solar Technology Co., LTD

-       Heat-Source-Tower Heat Pump, developed by Hunan Qiuke Heat-Source-Tower Heat Pump Technology Engineering Co., LTD

-       Optimus (Smart PV Optimiser), developed by Convertergy Energy Technology Co., LTD

-       Biomass Oil Fuel, developed by Guangzhou Devotion Thermal Technology Co., LTD

-       Modular Smart Charging Station, devoped by Zhuzhou Daneng Science & Tech Co

The award ceremony was held in partnership with the Development and Reform Commission and the “Two-Oriented Society” office in Hunan Province. The Hunan local government is a new partner to the  Climate Solver program, but a long-standing partner to WWF China. Introducing the Climate Solver platform in regions beyon Beijing is greatly appreciated by “local” stakeholders. In his opening remarks, Mr. WANG Yuqing, former Director of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, expressed his appreciation for the Climate Solver initiative, as low carbon development is already a priority for the province, and supporting innovations is well aligned with the local government’s mandate to explore green models for an ecologically-sound society.

In the panel discussion with climate entrepreneurs, the concern about climate change was evident. China’s high fossil-based energy consumption and air pollution (i.e. PM 2.5) was mentioned frequently to frame the discussion. It is also seen as a key driver for entrepreneurs.

In addition to Chinese technologies and manufacturing capabilities, perhaps we can all learn from the rich Chinese culture and the legend about Hun Dun (Chaos). He was very admired for his hospitality towards the emperors Hu of the North Sea and Shu of the South Sea, who often met in the land of Hun Dun (Chaos). Emperors Hu and Shu decided to express their appreciation for Hun Dun, but despite their best intentions, the treatment they offered had fatal consequences for him. However, the moment that Hun Dun (Chaos) died, an orderly world emerged.

Today, we know what treatment society needs to avoid climate chaos, but fear that it may have fatal consequences for our economies. On the contrary, investing substantial resources in supporting the growth of climate solver entrepreneurs by policy makers, investors and corporates must be an essential part of building our economies. And on some level we know these steps are necessary, and that when we take them, we will surely find that our actions lead to a more sustainable and orderly world.

-  Magnus Emfel, Manager Climate Innovations, WWF 

Dazzling Swedish Climate Solvers

Three new climate solutions were awarded at WWF Sweden’s sixth annual Climate Solver Conference in Stockholm yesterday. Solutions that are equally as inspiring and promising as their predecessors all of which you can see profiled on this site.

The conference opened with Carbon Tracker’s Chairman, Jeremy Leggett who introduced his latest book The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance.

In his book Leggett addresses a number of systemic global risks such as climate change, financial collapse and an insufficient oil supply, and the implications of these threats for people around the world. Leggett emphasized the crucial role transformative technologies and innovation play in countering these threats. So there can be no doubt that Climate Solvers are an answer to his prayers. And ours.

The presentation of these inspiring innovations and the passionate entrepreneurs that develop them is traditionally the highlight of the event, and this year was no exception. Together with our Innovation Partners, WWF ran calculations on these solutions that indicated that the combined potential in avoided carbon dioxide emissions amounted to an astounding 67 million tons per year by 2023!

So without further ado –

The recipients of the Climate Solver 2013 Awards in Sweden ….drum roll…are:

Climate Solvers 2013 with WWf staff

Solar PV Optimizing Inverter

A unique power inverter system for grid connected solar power installations that substantially improves energy harvest from PV solar power systems.

Developed by: Optistring Technologies AB

Anders Lindgren, CEO

ZBee Ultralight Electric Vehicle

Three-wheel electric vehicle for personal transport in urban areas and for short suburban, as well as to replace current fossil fueled two- and three-wheeled vehicles (e.g. autorickshaw’s, tuk-tuk’s).

Developed by: Clean Motion AB

Göran Folkesson, CEO

Renewable Energy-as-a-Service

Product-service-system (PSS), business & financing model, selling renewable energy from geoenergy (heating and cooling) and solar PV as a service.

Developed by: Eneo Solutions AB

Harald Överholm, Founder 

Congratualtions to all of you! We look forward to following your journey through the innovations system!

 

 

 

Climate Solver South Africa is Born!

South Africa follows Sweden, China and India to become the fourth country in the world to launch the Climate Solver program. According to Louise Scholtz at WWF, South Africa has fared poorly on innovation indexes in the past, “We see the Climate Solvers programme as a great tool to support innovation in South Africa because it assists in identifying problems faced by entrepreneurs at the different stages of product development and entry to market.”

The South Africa Climate Solver awards will be presented in March 2014. The call for nominations of inspiring South African entrepreneurs is open at www.wwf.org.za/climatesolver and the closing date for entries is 7 November. 

Congratulations South Africa and welcome onboard the Climte Solver train!

President Obama impressed by Climate Solver Solvatten

Presiden Obama congratulates Solvatten's Petra Wadström

During his recent visit to Sweden, President Barak Obama expressed great interest in Solvatten’s technology. The President took the opportunity to congratulate Solvatten on its innovation, and its potential to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe, “Congratulation on a wonderful achievement: it is a great story to tell”.

Safe, clean drinking water is a huge challenge for millions of people around the world. It is a sad fact, that almost 11% of the global population (783 million people) has no access to clean drinking water. The situation is so serious that the UN has categorized this problem in the millennium development goals (MDGs). Fortunately, the scenario is gradually improving due to technological innovation and proper attention by concerned parties. One such technological breakthrough has been offered by Swedish Climate Solver Solvatten, which is improving the daily lives of people across continents.

Solvatten is a well-designed container with a built-in filter that uses sunlight to transform unsafe water into drinking water. The basic science behind this procedure is that it uses heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites, which spread diarrhea & other diseases. As a result, it produces optimum quality drinking water, which satisfies the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe water. In addition to a sunny place, which is a must for the device to operate, it requires 2 – 6 hours to transform unsafe water and produces 11- 44 liters of water/day.

Solvatten offers numerous socio-economic benefits including reducing deforestation, minimizing CO2 emissions, improving health, saving time for women and children by providing clean drinking water at home.

WWF selected Solvatten as a Climate Solver in 2009. For more information: http://www.climatesolver.org/innovations/supplying-energy/solvatten

2013 Climate Solvers China launched in Hunan

29 Aug in Changsha the 2013 Climate Solvers China was launched. “SMEs are of great importance in developing and promoting climate innovations. Climate Solvers creates a platform for these enterprises to develop and promote their climate innovations, renewable energy in particular.” Lu Lunyan, programme director of C&E (Climate and Energy) in WWF China, said at today’s capacity building workshop on financing and development for low-carbon enterprises. WWF is seeking five Climate Solver-technologies in China this year.

The capacity building workshop in Changsha was jointly hosted by WWF and Hunan Innovative Low Carbon Center (HILCC), and marked the beginning of Climate Sovler 2013 selection in China. Over 70 representatives from Hunan Development and Reform Commission, local industrial parks, Climate Solver innovation partners, and nominated SME candidates participated in this workshop.

Initiated by WWF Sweden, Climate Solver aims to identify and introduce innovations with great emissions reduction potential. China, India, and South Africa have followed Sweden to participate in this project to promote climate innovation across the world. Four enterprises from Nanjing, Wuhan and Baoding were selected as the first batch of Climate Solvers in 2012.

“The Climate Solvers theme of this year is renewable energy. We will attach great importance to the production and utilization of renewable energy, and the technology for smart grids and energy storage.” Lu Lunyan claimed that EU`s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into China`s PV solar panels struck the industry with alarm. “China`s low-carbon industry should divert from depending on cheap production and export to innovation and market-oriented strategy. Climate Solvers aims to promote China`s low-carbon innovation and the development of enterprises with our endeavors.”

“SMEs can benefit from today`s capacity building workshop. They will be updated on the prospects of low-carbon industry, and strengthen their abilities to explore financing channels and transfer innovative technologies.” said Xu Yong, director of HILCC.

WWF will continue collaborating with industrial parks, financial institutions, and research centers to select Climate Solvers technologies according to several key criteria - emissions reduction potential, innovativeness, technology reliability, market potential, and supporting business strategy. SMEs in Hunan, Beijing, Wuhan, Baoding, Nanjing and Zhenjiang can apply after nominated by Climate Solver innovation partners. The 2013 Climate Solvers winners will be announced at an award ceremony in December.

"The renewable energy theme of Climate Solver awards across the world this year is part of a global call to financial institutions to Seize Your Power to invest much more resources in renewable energy while phasing out financial support for fossil coal, oil and gas." Adds Stefan Henningsson, Senior Adviser Climate Innovation at WWF International.    

Chinese press release: http://www.wwfchina.org/pressdetail.php?id=1489

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