The Decarbonathon is a competition created at the initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, which aims to develop innovations that mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions arising from cities in order to fight global warming. Several global organizations have been thus far involved in the Decarbonathon competition project: ENGIE, NPL’s Centre for Carbon Measurement, Climate-KIC and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). As a Climate KiC partner under the “Closing the Gap through Transformative LoCal Action (CGTLA)” project, ICLEI is proud to support the Decarbonathon project and encourage interested participants to suggest their innovative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions at the local government level.
How does this works?
Participants of the Decarbonathon competition are invited to propose solutions in several areas: sustainable mobility, energy efficient buildings, sustainable energy production and consumption. Their solutions should be applicable at city level by municipalities or by private citizens in a short period of two to five years. The winners of the competition will then acquire direct contact with potential investors. They will also be eligible for a start-up acceleration program of two to six months with the support of partners of the event, to get their suggested new technologies to the market quickly.
Want to get involved?
For students, developers, designers, entrepreneurs or member of start-ups, or simply a citizen concerned by climate change with ideas and solutions on how to reduce CO2 emissions in cities, please visit decarbonathon.org for details! Registration is open until 22 November 2015
For experts who want to volunteer by supporting a finalist team through mentoring (whether on a city or business level or on technical matters relating to the themes) – possible through online portal – please contact the project team through Marieke Beckmann at email@example.com
For city leaders or investors who might be interested in these solutions, please contact the project team through Marieke Beckmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the added value in working with the Climate KIC / LoCaL?
The Decarbonathon project has received valuable support from both Climate KIC and the LoCaL network in the form coaching and help in linking technology owners and technology users at city level.
For more information on Climate KiC: http://www.climate-kic.org/