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  1. The Climate-KIC team
  2. Ideating Climate Business
  3. Tuesday, 19 April 2016
The Climate-KIC community is currently working on the four topics Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Production Systems, Urban Transitions and Climate Metrics and Finance.

Would you add another problem, or 'hot topic' to any of these four themes?
Which one of the aforementioned topics resonates most with you - and why?

(Please find the overview of Themes and 'hot topics' attached)

This discussion is part of the learning nugget Intention settings in Ideating Climate Business.
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Would you add another problem, or 'hot topic' to any of these four themes?
For the UT theme, I would add e-mobility as a hot topic. I find interesting that the shared energy storage systems topic is already included and e-mobility not, specially considering that the latter will enable and foster the the energy storage technology to be implemented and diffused through different end-users. There are already several business models that combine both technologies (e-bikes, micro Smart Grids, fuel cell) and even though e-mobility has been on the radar for incumbents (Deutsche Bahn, BMW) and start-ups, the boom of e-mobility has not been established. Hence, there is still room for new business proposals and strategies for value capture.

Which one of the aforementioned topics resonates most with you - and why?
Biomass valorisation, a hot topic from SLU. Biomass is a sustainable resource that practically everyone on the planet has access (as well as wind and sun, variably depending on the region but still we do). However, Biomass technology is not as popular as solar and wind energy and it's also cost-efficient in terms of electricity prices and it's not as highly dependent on locations as sun and wind energy are. Of course, it depends on several factors but I think that business models should consider this technology as a competitive advantage in the nearby future.
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The part that I agree the most to is the strife to make houses energy neutral. The biggest challenge should be to think that the houses should give circa the same ecological services as the land that it has been occupied to build it.
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I strongly agree with you, Basil, Maxe, Nine, Geraldine (and probably several more) ! Forcing supply to change is best done by altering the demand. Hence, customers are required to become active.

For that to work I consider a better communication structure to be of importance. Labeling products with associated emission amounts is a good idea. This goes hand in hand with companies' transperancy captured by the DMF section. Nevertheless, I consider consumer behavior an important topic.
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I live in Ljubljana, which is green capital of Europe this year, so according to that we have put a lot of effort into awareness and especially recycling. I think everything starts with mentality of Society.
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Dear Rabia,

thank you for sharing the 100days project! Really interesting and important. Cutting out meat is indeed a big thing, if everyone would do this, it is likely that we turn climate change around. It is interesting to read that you don't necessarily have to cut out all the meat but it mainly considers beef. This knowledge could potentially help people eat at least fewer meatproducts, without having to be fully vegetarian. Anyway, I am very happy that KIC decided to do a fully vegetarian/vegan summer journey!!
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Hi Elena,
I think you're definitely right this theme seems to fall a bit short of the finance area, even though such things as measuring and reporting emissions can be connected to measuring the climate impact of funds or other investment products.Yet, making financing of RE and EE more accessible by setting more incentives to invest in such long term and capital intensive projects is a major issue that has to addressed, not only in the Global North, but also the South. In regard of the latter, I think it is very important to find mechanisms that help micro-finance and local finance institutions, which very often can not afford to give out loan tenors that last longer than a year, to find a way to make their products more affordable for 'smaller' consumers. Also, I think that for bigger investors, there is a need to develop more sustainable investment products, e.g. green bonds or development bonds. For these investment products, in turn, I think there is additionally the need, to measure their actual additionally, i.e. to measure what actually wouldn't have happened without these products and to develop more standardized ratings for the 'sustainability level' of such products.
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Holy cow, this post sounds totally like something I could have said! Wow, great to know that there are like-minded people out there. I personally think a decentralised energy system holds a lot of advantages, too. If you're interested, I could recommend books of Hermann Scheer to this topic. They are a little older, but the thematics often still up to date.
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I agree with you, Maxe, Anais and Basil that key to addressing climate change systemically is ensuring that sustainable consumption is a key part of "sustainable production systems" and that not only do we look at socio-technological transitions but also the transformation required in our values and belief systems!

In the academic literature sustainable consumption and sustainable production are coupled so I hadn't actually noticed that the theme wasn't called "sustainable consumption and production systems" until I read your threads. I had been referring to it as SCP systems...

See the International Society for Industrial Ecology's is a interesting society for those interested in this topic and the role of the circular economy in SCP <a target="_blank" href="systemshttp://www.is4ie.org/sections#OSCP" rel="nofollow">systemshttp://www.is4ie.org/sections#OSCP</a>
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One very large problem that we face is waste management. We need an effective, clean way of managing our waste and waste production. In particular, food waste is very high for developed countries. A way to tackle this may be consumer behaviour but also regulation on packaging using non-recyclable material.
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