COP 27: Israel to promote ‘blue and white’ climate technology

For the first time at a United Nations climate conference, Israel will have a pavilion to promote the innovative work of a dozen climate technology companies and will organize around thirty events on the occasion of the next COP27, which will be held in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, next November.

The pavilion, co-funded by eight government departments, will open on November 7 in the Conference Innovation Zone.

It will consist of a “technology boulevard”, presenting the advances of around ten companies – each with its own promotional video -, a 40-seat conference area and a meeting room.

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The Technology Boulevard will showcase 10 Israeli climate technology companies, selected from 100 applicants. The names of the lucky winners were announced on Wednesday, following Israel’s first-ever climate technology conference, organized by PLANETech, an Israeli nonprofit innovation community.

These are H2Pro, which promotes a hydrogen-based technology developed by the Grand Technion energy program at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, GenCell, which has developed a way to use hydrogen by storing it in ammonia for off-grid and backup power, Remilk, producer of cultured milk and dairy products, Aleph Farms, producer of cultured meat from modified bovine cells, Groundwork BioAg, which has developed a mushroom-based supplement to improve the yield and health of crops, Tomorrow.io, creator of a weather and climate analysis platform, Beewise, with its robotic hives, UBQ Materials, which transforms household waste , organics, papers and plastics into a bio-based plastic substitute, from HomeBiogas, which turns waste into cooking gas and liquid fertilizers and finally from Wiliot, which has developed battery-free Bluetooth chips for Label packaged consumer goods, which may collect and analyze physical and environmental conditions along the supply chain.

These 10 companies were selected according to a number of criteria, such as current and potential climate impact, technological innovation, team and leadership, economic potential and relevance for the Mediterranean area.

Representatives of the ten companies selected to present their work, as part of the Israeli delegation, at the upcoming UN climate conference COP27 in Egypt in November. The winners were announced at the premier climate technology conference, PLANETech World 2022, held at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv on September 21, 2022. (Perry Mendelboym)

On the eve of last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, then Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Meeting the commitment to zero emissions by 2050 requires us to change our behavior, but that will not be enough. We will need the help of a technology that has yet to be invented. This is where Israel must go. »

In June, the government authorized a NIS 3 billion program to boost climate innovation.

Other conference events featuring Israeli organizations include Tomorrow.io at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Pavilion, the Good Food Institute at the Food Pavilion intelligent and YKCenter, which will host a roundtable on climate finance.

According to Ayelet Rosen, head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Division at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, this year’s conference is unlikely to result in groundbreaking agreements or initiatives, like those reached in Paris. in 2015, where the States committed to limiting the rise in temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the pre-industrial era.

She said she expected the focus to be on developing countries instead.

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