Solutions&Co, the Climate Innovation Accelerator

Summary

In preparation for COP 21, the social enterprise Sparknews identified 50 solutions around the world to help fight climate change. The aim was to share and accelerate their progress by combining the power of the media world, social entrepreneurship and big companies.

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When tools to fight global warming are jointly created, their impact will necessarily be all the greater. Based on this postulate, Sparknews launched Solutions&Co within the context of COP 21. This project is intended to bring economic and media players closer together, with the aim of speeding up the implementation of a more sustainable form of development.

On November 18, the first stage of Solutions&Co began: sharing 50 concrete climate solutions with the general public. To do this, 17 major international economic press publications – including Les Échos in France, Handelsblatt in German and Valor Economico in Brazil – issued a special supplement dedicated to the social entrepreneurs identified by Sparknews as offering innovative solutions for sustainable industrial and agricultural practices (water treatment, renewable energies, circular economy, and so on).

Sharing 50 concrete climate solutions with the general public.

One of the most noteworthy was SEaB Energy, a company that industrializes micro-power-plant units which run on food waste and manure. In the cleantech sector, Apateq offers chemical-free water treatment solutions that allow industries to reduce their freshwater consumption. Another striking water-related initiative was undertaken by a small desalinization plant on Easter Island, which gives local farmers the opportunity to reduce their dependence on rainwater by using seawater to irrigate their land.

 

Accelerating the rollout of solutions following the media coverage

Founder of Sparknews Christian de Boisredon explained his plan to connect developers of innovative solutions with representatives from international groups, so that they can create synergies and take more effective action in the fight against global warming.

Building on its success in the media, Solutions&Co must now move into a concrete acceleration and replication phase for the projects that it showcased. On December 4, on the stage at the opening ceremony for the Solutions COP21 exhibition at the Grand Palais, Founder of Sparknews Christian de Boisredon explained his plan to connect developers of innovative solutions with representatives from international groups, so that they can create synergies and take more effective action in the fight against global warming.

At his side was Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, who reaffirmed his support for the initiative and reiterated the importance of co-creation in Danone’s own strategy for attaining its ambition of becoming a carbon-neutral company.

And so, Solutions&Co will continue into 2016. Its presence can certainly be expected at an upcoming evening dedicated to social innovations for the climate. The initiative gives companies the opportunity to evaluate their potential to make progress in this area and to identify projects that are relevant to their businesses. It also serves as a reminder that the future of business, if it is to be lasting one, must be written through a process of co-construction.

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