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  3. Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Please share your challenge with your mentors and peers for feedback and comment on at least three other participants' challenges.

This discussion is part of the learning nugget Frame your challenge in Ideating Climate Business.
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My challenge so far is:

How might we recycle different kinds of wastes from the chemical plastics industry, and turn it into something useful again?

I am thinking about if I should have chemical plastics industry or just chemical industry, how specific should you be? By different kinds of wastes I mean everything from emissions to rest products to the product being thrown away at the end of its life-cycle. Is that clear?
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my challenge is: How might we make large companies responsible for their use of natural resources in areas where this use has a big effect on land degradation?
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The challenge I defined is: How might we facilitate households in adapting their way of living (habits, consumption thoughts etc.) to reduce GHG emissions from energy usage.
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How might we make a better use of our empty spaces at home and make this a climate-friendly solution??

So far, I think that sharing economy models are a very good possible option to address this problem (people offer their extra space in the basement for others that could rent it), but I can not find the way to make it more 'climate friendly' or with more potential for GHG reduction.
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Hey guys,

my challenge so far is: How might we enable house owners/property managers to installing less CO2-emissions producing technologies when it is about producing their energy and heat?

I am thinking about using more renewable energies, and I want the people having a shift in thinking by not using the old established technologies but installing the more energy- efficient and less CO2 producing technologies. Is this getting clear?

Thanks in advance.
Best regards,
Marina
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How might we enable cities to develop citizen engaging urban forestry and agriculture initiatives to reduce the cities’ overall GHG emissions?

The idea is to find concepts to make it easier for cities and private owners to integrate urban forestry and agriculture in unused urban spaces such as roof tops, walls old industry spaces. The initiatives should engage local citizens in order to strengthen their connectives to nature and increase biodiversity. By promoting carbon sinks in cities GHG emissions in urban areas could be reduced and at the same time offer the opportunity to increase citizen’s environmental awareness.
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  1. Lou Perpes
  2. 4 years ago
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Hey Larissa, I thought of a similar challenge, and thought about partnershiping with supermarket, using their roof top, the citizens would be engaged as they would access cheap food. Maybe this win-win approach (good image - cheap goods) could be applied to your idea as well! My idea was as well to promote sort of connections to nature and increase biodiversity :)
Hi Larissa, my challenge is similar to this - I am particularly interested in the concept of green walls and roofs as ways to not only increase the efficiency of a building to retain energy, but also to simultaneously act as a carbon sink, an ecosystem habitat and to be aesthetically pleasing.

I also really like Lou's idea of partnering with supermarkets to have gardens on their roofs - this is also educational for cities kids to see how their food is grown, provides an entire ecosystem in a city, acts as a carbon sink and supplies cheaper goods.
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Hi all,

My challenge is: How might we enable farmers to grow crops using non-harmful fertilisers (or organic) to reduce the GHG emissions from the agricultural sector?

I'd appreciate any feedback!

Olena
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Hi Olena,

I really like your challenge. It is a really important topic as your challenge would also make important improvements for social sustainability (health improvements for farmers) and environmental sustainability (e.g. less groundwater pollution). I like, that your challenge is quite open which enables you to come up with different solutions. I think the first thing to focus on could be, which barriers prevent farmers to make use of already existing non-harmful fertilisers.

Best wishes,
Larissa
  1. Rabia Abrar
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Great idea Olena! I agree with Larissa that we would definitely have to account for what constraints there are to preventing farmers from changing their practices.

I read a good article, linked from an earlier module, about how organic fertilizer may not be the best solution.

"One of the options was, in fact, applying more chemicals, “crop protection” chemicals specifically, meaning herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. At current levels these only contribute about 1% to the GHG footprint of maize.

By focusing on crop protection, you’re insuring against losing the investment you have made in your crop, and ensuring the greenhouse gas footprint was not left in vain – at least you’re not going to lose your whole field to weeds, bugs or fungi and be forced to start over.

This kind of lateral thinking of course poses some problems: earlier in the session we’d heard how smallholder rice farmers in Bangladesh apply around 40% too much fertiliser, and that even in high-tech systems in developed countries, farmers have very little access to reliable information about the efficient use of inputs."

https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/greenhouse-gas-hotspots-boiling-points-and-thinking-outside-theegg-carton#.V38FOpMrJZ3

This article suggested that maybe the main issue is not about using non-harmful fertilisers, but how can we enable farmers (potentially in x region) to optimize the use of fertilizers to minimize emissions (which would then include teaching how not to over-use fertilizer, like in bangladesh, or when its better to use pesticides rather than chemical fertilizer). That would be a more broad definition & still address the big problem you've identified!
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Hey everyone, my challenge is then "How might we enable consumers to consume healthy and low GHG products, at a low price?"

I came up with this idea: partnershiping with supermarket to use their roof tops to grow vegetables, the customers could participate to this, and in exchange get local organic vegetables at the lowest price available.
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Hi Lou, I already responded to your idea in Larissa's post above, but I think your idea of rooftop gardens on supermarkets is inspiring!
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Hey Lou,

I especially like your idea because you thought of a concept of low costs. Otherwise, changing the behaviour of people might be quite difficult.

Have you already thought about responsibilities? Who should grow the crops? Supermarkets probably lack the knowledge for it to work successfully.
You could maybe try to connect local farmers and supermarkets? The former being responsible for good products and the latter ensure a selling point and business knowledge.
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My Challenge:
How might we might find ways to make the agricultural production of renewable ressources more profitable and thereby also lessen their negativ environmental impacts (like pesticides, deforestation, etc.)?
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What do you mean with "the agricultural production of renewable resources" ? Energy crops or also conventional agricultural production for food or fodder?
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Hi everyone.

My challenge so far is...

"How might we use the principles of localism to enable urban communities to meet their needs through regional resources - with positive community-friendly solutions, smart urban design, interactive technology and sustainable business and community hubs."

I know it's a broad challenge, but I'm trying to keep my options open for the moment!

For reference, I co-direct a social enterprise in NW London which is working towards transforming an old Victorian farmhouse into a sustainable community and business hub... hence my inclusion of that in my challenge.

I want to see whether social enterprise and community initiatives can have any meaningful impact in helping people to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce their GHG's. Or perhaps they just make people feel good about themselves and their value is more social than environmental.

Interested to hear your thoughts...
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  1. Basil Mahfouz
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Hi Thomas,

Your project and work seems really interesting - do you have a link you can share, would love to learn more about it?

As for your challenge, as you said it seems quite broad. Also what needs are you addressing? Food? Water? And what do you categorize as needs?

Best wishes,
Basil
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Hi all! My challenge for this exercise was:

How can we optimize the use of existing resources in local communities and municipalities to satisfy the needs of end-users (public and business) in order to reduce their net consumption?
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  1. Basil Mahfouz
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Hi there Leeor,

I think its very interesting that you are looking at ways to improve the system from a municipal/public works point of view.

My question to you is, what local community are you referring to? In many instances municipalities in different regions face different challenges and environmental constraints. In others municipalities have different functions and authority lines. In some cases certain services are provided by central government agencies. So i think this is quite broad administrative bundle, perhaps you want to think about focusing on a particular set of services that you would like to make more effective, and look at who manages better - municipal or central authorities.

(NB I am not familiar with european municipal mechanisms, so perhaps my comment is stemming from an understanding of government structure in the Middle East), so please bare this in mind.

Best wishes,
Basil
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Hi Leeor,

your challenge sounds really interesting.

I was wondering in what direction you want to go when talking about resources: natural, human.. ?
I agree with Basil that it might be difficult in case you want to invent something designed for a higher than local level.

Best,
Jana
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How might we enable rice farmers and processors in the Mekong Delta to increase resource efficiency and reduce the GHG emissions while responding to market demand for quality rice and taking into account the characteristics of the current production system?
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  1. Basil Mahfouz
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Hi Zinzi,

Awesome topic - its region specific, so you can actually spend time researching and knowing the current system and how to improve it, while as one of the region's most important food producing regions, you can make a considerable impact on GHG emissions as well as regional food security in a rapidly developing area.

Here's my question: are you looking at incentives that will enable farmers and processors to self improve and become more resource efficient, i.e looking at policy or fiscal motivators to get them to be more efficient while maintaining the quality or are you looking at technical solutions to make the process itself more effective?

Only this is confusing for me!

Cheers!
Basil
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Hey everyone,

i was thinking about how we can enable customers at supermarkets to recognize 'quick and easy' how 'sustainable' the product is that they want to buy.

The Goal is to simplify the evaulation of the sustainability of products for customers and thus increase the awareness of sustainable agriculture, environmental friendly production and packaging etc.

I think that most of the customers at a Supermarket dont really know which products are sustainable or environmental friendly and which are rather not. I know it is a really broad and maybe in Detail even impossible challenge since you never can generally characterize all products as 'sustainable' or 'not sustainable'. But still i think it would be great to think about creating the possibility for People to inform theirselves in an rather easy and vivide way e.g. about which fruits are seasonal, how much virtual water is used, are there alternative products with less plastic packaging etc.


Curious to hear your thoughts :)
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  1. Rabia Abrar
  2. 4 years ago
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Hi Julia! This is an amazing idea - I think better educated consumers, through their demand, would drive the creation of more climate-friendly products & a more climate-friendly marketplace.

The feedback I have is that maybe defining the context as "supermarket" may be limiting or not broad enough, at least at this stage. Consumers can get their food from many places - supermarkets, wholesale stores, farmers markets, weekly food delivery, weekly grocery delivery, etc.

This could lead to like a shazam for a food item found anywhere or an app with an index or a sustainability label program or a grocery service or store with only a certain grade of "sustainability", etc, which are not confined to the supermarket
Hello Julia,

Interesting thought. I think this is very important because it deals with stakeholders who (have less awareness) can make a big impact indirectly to GHG emissions in daily life.

I think the "Eco Labels" branded on products can help Supermarket consumers here. There is even a way to determine which product has least GHG life-cycle emissions (more relatively sustainable).

Below is the information of that Eco label:
http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabel/carbon-footprint-of-products

Enforcing this Eco label will create a big impact, as it would force the manufactures to cut down their GHG emissions. Awareness also has to be dealt.
Hey you two :) Thank you very much for the Feedback and the link to the Eco-Label. Including different eco-labels is a good idea and also consider products at other places than supermarkets is a good idea! :)
Hey Julia,

good idea, especially since technology and everybody's use of a smartphone offer great ways to deliver product information. The real challenge in my opinion is how to we incentivize also not-so-conscious consumers to learn about product sustainability and how do we offer information on the wide variety of products in a standardized, but also 'fun' way.

I am going to think more about these barriers and opportunities :)

Best
Franzi
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Hey guys,
I thought of the challenge, similar to what KeenCo also stated (surprisingly, this is also a hotspot that I'm interested in):

How can we significantly reduce methane emission, from enteric fermentation, while maintaining (or improving) animal welfare and at the same time generate profit?

I'm kind of struggling with the term of 'context' if it means in what 'context' it would be implemented, it would be climate change and agriculture; but is that 'too narrow'?
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Hello Juan, Interesting Challenge as there is a concern of Animal welfare is involved too.

Do you have any specific harm/threat to animals on mind?
And by "while maintaining (or improving) animal welfare and at the same time generate profit", do you mean optimizing the dosage of the additives to Animal's diet? or do you mean profit from GHG emissions saving?

Came across a report from February 2016 (http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Reducing-methane-emissions-from-the-livestock-industry-science-update-250216.pdf), which says that use of Nitrates and Oils as additives to diet results in lower GHG emissions. These seem to have no side effects. A minimal effect was seen in a case here Nitrate addition caused a slight reduction in daily live-weight gain.
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My broad challenge: How might we enable cities to come up with customer-friendly solutions to reduce the GHG emissions from buildings?

More specifically, I am interested in combining buildings and greenery. I feel this is a "two birds one stone" area. Green walls and roofs have many benefits from providing natural insulation (thus increasing the ability of a building to retain its cold air/heat and reducing the amount of energy it requires) to transforming cities into carbon sinks, to increasing biodiversity in cities by providing new ecosystem habitats, to increasing the aesthetics of a city (which has a positive social impact).
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  1. Rabia Abrar
  2. 4 years ago
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Hi Lea, love the idea! Buildings create 6.4% of direction global emissions & 12% indirect global emissions, so there's definitely a need for improvement in this area. A piece of feedback might be - can you refine what "customer friendly" means? And does that really encompass the broad range of solutions for building efficiency? For example, the green roofs doesn't strike me as a "customer" or individual level choice but rather at the business level (real estate, etc). Maybe expanding the constraints of the challenge will leave more room for multiple solutions.
Hello Lea,

Your challenge is very interesting. I totally agree with the dual benefits you mention.
By customer-friendly solution do you mean easy means of incorporating and maintaining greenery by Building owners?

In broad scale, we need multiple solutions as they are geographic location dependent. So, if we were to narrow down, do you already have a particular geographic region on mind?

Also, these days Green Buildings are of high interest and are being realized across the world. It would be interesting to integrate your concept into the principle of Green Building.
  1. Jana Mintenig
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Hey Lea,

nice idea!
I immediately thought of the UT challenge Smart use of space when reading it - initially I was thinking about pursuing an idea in that area as well.
Generally, cities that have a lot of parks/water etc. increasing quality of life for its inhabitants. In case a city isn't as "lucky" when it comes to green areas, such green buildings represent a great alternative.
Additionally, one could try to activate people, creating some concept similar to shared allotments?
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My challenge:

How might we enable small-medium sized cities, where the most future population growth will occur, to make it easy, desirable & cost friendly for residents & institutions to adopt climate-friendly road transportation habits & practices.
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Hello Rabia,

Interesting challenge.

What immediately comes to mind are:
- Smart cities
- E-Mobility (with Electric Buses, cars and bikes)
- Renewable energy (for powering buildings, streets, Transportation, etc.)

Do you also think in the same lines or have something else on mind for Habits and practices?
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Hello Rabia,

I like your challenge.

My thoughts went into the same direction but instead of focusing on smaller-medium sized cities I had larger cities in mind that could try and reduce the pressure on inner city centers by better linking suburbs.

Focusing on smaller cities might have the advantage that there's more room for manoeuvre for creating alternative solutions. As a downside, costs might be larger because you cannot build upon existing infrastructure.
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Hello All, below is my challenge:

How to meet the high energy demand of an Industry with carbon-free energy technologies to reduce GHG emissions?

Goal: Replace Fossil based energy production with alternative energy technologies

Impact:
1. Less GHG emissions from energy production
2. Independence from fossil fuels
3. Cost savings (Fuel and emissions related)
4. Creates a drive for renewable and alternative sources of energy

Constraints:
1. Unlike residential and transport sector , most industries have a 24/7 high energy demand ( for heat and electricity)
2. Existing alternative energies are fluctuating sources of power supply (Solar is not available at night, Wind is even hard to predict)
3. Nuclear energy is a solution but comes with safety and environmental hazard (Already Japan and Germany are dropping this idea)
4. Large scale batteries for constant power supply have not been realized yet

A solution may include:
1. Mix of existing renewable energies (another challenge is that the location will determine the availability of resources)
2. Integration with Smart grids (Needs infrastructure with high investment)
3. Installation of Solar, Wind and Hydro technologies in deserts and oceans for effective land use, connect to local grid via long transmission system
4. New technologies

Looking forward to your comments and feedback.
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Hi Sri,

we are thinking along the same lines. Energy generation is one of the worst hotspots, but one of the easiest to decarbonise. So let's do it quickly.

My solution would focus on energy storage to deal with the intermittent nature of renewable energy generation technologies, but I like your solutions 1. and 2. as they are probably cheaper than that and should be maxed out as much as we can (they wont be sufficient i fear). I dont believe in solution 3. as, because very sophisticated attempts have failed already (e.g. Desertec) due to high costs of interconnection and political issues with energy security. Let's think more together about solution 4. :)
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Hi

here is my challenge:

How might we reduce food waste with low-cost and clean solutions?

The idea behind this challenge is cutting down (to a certain extent) the supply chain.

To my opinion this could be possible using already existing technologies such as small-medium scale indoor hydro/aeroponic systems.

Delocalization of production is important and could be applied to differt scales.
For instance a supermarket could grow vegetable directly at the local distribution centre. It distributes then to local supermarkets.

looking forward to your comments and feedbacks

cheers
Fabio
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Hey,

I was a little disappointed when I saw the topic being used to provide example because that was the direction I was heading for as well.
After giving it some thought I decided to nevertheless pursue in that direction because it is hardest to reduce emissions in the transport sector. Additionally, it took me some time to finally decide because so many areas sounded interesting.

Here's my challenge:

How might we enable cities to identify alternatives for better connecting the suburban area and simultaneously focusing on customer-friendliness and reducing GHG emissions?

My ideas for possible solutions so far were mostly focused on increasing the number of bikes in larger cities - creating fast lane etc.
As financing is the largest issue I tried to think of options for getting companies on board - being through ads on the way, or companies that are located in suburbs and want more active employees. Employees, in turn, could receive some financial advantage.
Additionally, creating incentives for electric cars but also bikes could be interesting.

Looking forward to get some feedback !
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Hi guys!

My challenge so far is:
On what kind of new costumer-friendly ways can we reach the people of the cities to take sustainabilty and conscious waste management seriously?!

I am thinking of new approaches to bring the importance of sustainable developement to the inhabitants' attention. For this purpose I would like to design a new application related to sustainability which connects the consumers and the service providers, such as pubs and restaurants.

I look forward to your feedbacks,
Zita
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