Discover 100 inspiring solutions to climate issues sourced from all over the world !
Discover 100 inspiring solutions to climate issues sourced from all over the world !
Nigeria’s Small Farmers are Embracing Hydroponics
In Nigeria, small scale farmers are widely affected by climate change’s effects, but those turning to hydroponics are starting to thrive.
Brazil hopes to restore 12 million hectares of trees by 2030. A number of businesses and social initiatives are stepping up to the challenge.
Giving the green light to impact investing in environmental projects
Investors are taking a more hands-on approach to satisfy a growing range of financial goals.
Elephant Vert, the first industrial hub for organic inputs in Africa produces agricultural products in a sustainable way.
Looking to nature for sustainable cleaning products
Brazilian company TerpenOil is making cleaning products based on natural ingredients from renewable sources.
In Italy, circular economy creates value
Italy has become one of the most recycling-oriented European economies.
African solar energy companies are turning to pay-as-you-go systems to supply electricity to off-grid communities, enabling affordable access to energy.
China still pursues its environmental goals with new policies and innovative business models.
Ecovative Design is turning fungi into sustainable products, from acoustic panels to handbags.
Financing greener autorickshaws in India
A Delhi-based non-banking financial company, is helping autorickshaw drivers to buy greener vehicles.
Heating buildings with factory fumes
Terrao Exchanger has developed a new kind of heat exchanger that recycles energy while cleaning pollution from the air.
LTP Energias takes solar energy to those outside the grid
The energy company has managed to consolidate its position by undertaking the largest solar energy production project in the country.
E-waste, a gold mine of opportunities
In France, a small company has made a name for itself within the increasingly competitive electronic waste recycling market.
Thermal Energy Storage Is the Future of Energy Waste Reduction
Pioneer Energy has developed a thermal energy storage technology that can be used to heat all types of infrastructures.
Recycling polystyrene with essential oils
In Quebec a company has developed a recycling process for polystyrene that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
In Africa, a green stove addresses health, the environment and employment
Green Energy Biofuels has developed an innovative cook stove and bioethanol gel to use as fuel.
Low-Cost Housing from Recycled Plastics
EcoDom transforms recycled plastics into affordable houses for low-income families.
Multi-organizational collaboration to create Indian green cover
In India private, public and nonprofit initiatives are stepping up to improve the country’s green cover and quality of air.
A hydrocarbon catalyst to reduce fuel emissions and consumption
A Spanish startup, O3 Protelego; has created a device that improves vehicles fuel combustion and reduce GHG emissions.
Fostering electric mobility in Spain
Sustainable transport is one of the key elements of the European Union’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Aquaponics to the rescue of Cameroonian agriculture
Save Our Agriculture, an innovative company was awarded the Pierre Castel Prize thanks to a technique that enables urban dwellers to grow vegetables and raise fish.
Angola: Fifteen Percent Beyond the Paris Agreement
Making the transition to low carbon development is not an easy task for most countries. Angola has set ambitious targets and is on the way to achieving them.
Using bison (or even woolly mammoths) to keep Siberia’s permafrost frozen
Russian scientists are trying to restore the ice age ecosystem by re-introducing tundra and large animals.
Multinationals riding the internal carbon pricing wave
A number of large companies are already taking preventive measures to reduce their carbon footprints.
Solar pumps offer climate neutral fix to water scarcity
FuturePump has developed solar powered irrigation pumps to free farmers from a dependence on seasonal rains.
Taking the (greenhouse) gas out of cows
A Swiss company has developed a feed additive for cattle that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while improving milk yields.
Mexican Entrepreneurs Create Sustainable Products from Scrap Tyres
Mexican entrepreneurs are reusing end-of-life tyres to create waterproof coating, construction materials and a substitute for diesel.
City of London declares war on pollution
Square Mile to create zero-emissions zone by 2022 and cut speed limit to 15mph
Using finance for the good of the climate
Luxembourg steps up as a leading financial centre for green finance.
An accelerating trend towards renewable energy
Consumers, cities, companies and public services are working together to decarbonize the Spanish economy.
Morocco’s irrigation revolution against global warming
The Souss-Massa region in southern Morocco is conducting an innovative irrigation experiment to tackle water scarcity.
Making Coat Hangers from Diapers
A young company in Brazil transforms complicated waste into objects of value.
Angola’s Scrappy Micro-Entrepreneurs
Collecting war detritus and other scrap metal provides at least some income for hundreds of families.
Carpe Deum…but Caveat Emptor!
The circular economy holds great promise for Africa, where rising production and consumption are prompting concerns for the environment.
Lean Energy Solutions Group, an African company, is recycling waste from harvested sugar cane and coffee to create fuel.
The End of Waste
TerraCycle finds value in the lowliest of trash, from cigarette butts to chewing gum.
Raising public awareness on the issue of climate change
The African Climate Reality Project is scrambling to educate leaders and the general populace about what they can do.
Reducing deforestation through the promotion of sustainable forest management practices
In Cameroon, Yoko municipality is launching a project for the protection of its forest, estimated at 135,000 hectares in size.
Italian caviar producer offers model of integrated economy.
Calvisius has implemented a process to heat the tanks where the sturgeons are raised with the waste heat of a nearby steel plant.
Oil to Fuel: A Win-Win for China
Biofuel produced from waste sources such as used cooking oil reduces GHG emissions & helps to improve food safety conditions in China.
Engaging citizens on sustainability in Chile
Public awareness is key factor in the transition to a more circular approach.
Algramo: Revolutionizing Shopping, gram by gram
Chilean entrepreneurs combine outdoor-market traditions with 21st century technology.
Juice with a mission
Two companies are turning discarded fruits and vegetables into pressed cold juice in a fully circular way to tackle food waste.
Industrial parks are now brimming with interest
Due their resource-pooling capacity, industrial clusters have become significant in domestic economy.
An urban agriculture project is sprouting out of used plastic bottles
In Yaoundé, a youth-based initiative is turning old plastic bottles into containers to grow vegetables in the city in order to promote urban farming.
Vegan footwear start-up Insecta Shoes is all the buzz
In Brazil, Insecta Shoes is at the forefront of the ethical fashion movement, an industry known for its disastrous effects on environment.
Pioneering large-scale regenerative and fair sugarcane production
A third-generation Brazilian farmer has adopted new methods and machines to make sugar-cane farming eco-friendly.
A New Spin on Demolition
Rotor Deconstruction is a scrappy Belgian startup challenging the construction waste status quo by upcycling wate from the construction sector.
Everlasting Blue Jeans
MUD Jeans is a Dutch “circular denim” firm that wants to make fashion a less dirty business.
In Colombia, industrial symbiosis projects are being implemented in order to promote an innovation and market-development model that is also sustainable and efficient.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
A dramatic surge in the number of foreign visitors has prompted Spanish destinations to find new ways to encourage year-round tourism and promote lesser-known destinations.
It takes a village
China is betting on industrial symbiosis among residents of business parks to create a cleaner future
The Slow Food movement: the virtues of eating local foods
Cocina kilómetro 0 revamps forgotten ingredients and reduces the consumption of fossil fuels by highlighting the role of locally sourced food.
Recycling plastic and rubble into jobs thanks to USE-IT
Circular economy could provide the answers to South Africa’s chronic unemployment, if waste is turned into a resource it would create thousands of new job opportunities.
Bamboo shoots higher
After flooring, boat construction and other applications, environmentally friendly bamboo is now ready to debut in pipelines, thanks to new patented composite technologies by Zhejiang Xinzhou .
Blowing Hot and Cold
The Spanish market for small wind turbines is in the doldrums, stalled by declining government support and kilometers of red tape. Technological innovation is one way to get things moving again.
Here Comes the Sun
India intends to scale up its solar production. Already set to exceed the renewable energy targets, the world’s third largest carbon polluter’s new plans are ambitious.
Can Benelux Close the Loop?
The countries of Benelux are working together to accelerate the transition towards a collaborative circular economy.
Hong Kong Airport claims to be one of the greenest in the world thanks to ambitious sustainability and environmental strategies.
A program to facilitate the transition towards a circular economy model
The Fit 4 Circularity program facilitates and accelerates the transition of the Luxembourgian SME towards a circular economy.
A respect for human rights is fundamental in setting up a business
The Mexican governement seeks to ensure that companies commit themselves to respecting the land of rural communities thanks to a new program.
There’s Something Fishy in Berlin’s Vegetable Farm
A start up based in central Berlin farms fish and uses their waste to fertilize vegetables. In the supermarkets of the future, vegetables and fish may even be farmed directly in store.
Making Manure Great Again
Social enterprise Sistema Biobolsa helps small farmers convert livestock waste into renewable energy (biogas) and organic fertilizer.
Creating a neutral-neutral oil replacement to replace crude oil
Sunfire offers a commercially viable, technically achievable path towards a circular economy in which high-quality fuels s are produced from carbon dioxide and water.
Zéro Mika or Zero Plastic
One year ago Morocco introduced a plastic bag ban. Despite challenges, Morocco is determined to reach its zero plastic bag goal.
One of the first éco-cité in Africa
Based in Morocco, Eco-cité Zenata aims to meet fundamental environmental, social and economic objectives in a sustainable and integrated way.
Self-service car sharing
After a successful pilot project in Casablanca in 2015, the service is rolling into cities across the nation. The name behind this alternative to car ownership is the start-up Carmine.
Can Dandelions Bounce Back?
In the 1930s, Russia experimented with making rubber from dandelion roots. Now, environmental and economic factors are reviving interest in this alternative raw material.
A flower power detergent is cleaning up Russia’s dirty waters
A Russian startup has developed a new microgel-based technology for environmentally-friendly detergents for everything from washing-up to industrial oil spills.
iNex: getting connected to tap into the ‘hidden gold’ in our waste
iNex, the “tinder” for waste, is a web platform and set of experts that connects producers of waste with companies in need of raw materials.
Democratization of the fight against waste and food spoilage
The new consumer tendency for bulk purchases in order to reduce the quantity of packaging has been reinforced through the creation of Bulk Network in France.
Energy compressed into ultra-dense wood
Spanish company Biomasa Forestal upcycles tree waste into small biofuel pellets to power both homes and factories.
Turning E-Trash into Cash
An Indian start-up has built a prosperous business out of refurbishing and recycling electronic waste.
Italy’s Car Sharing Drives its Economy
In Italy mobility habits are changing: growing numbers of Italians are rejecting the car ownership model and embracing car sharing instead.
Artificial Silk That’s Tough Like Steel
AMsilk is leading the world in the production of Biosteel fibres, a type of biodegradable and vegan fibre inspired by spider silk.
Lord of the Flies
AgriProtein is leading a new industry called nutrient recycling, using fly larvae fed on abundant waste nutrient sources. It has been developing its insect based protein products since 2009.
Turning Plastic Rubbish into Profits
The potential seems endless for MBA Polymers, a company that cracked the code on separating plastics from complex waste streams.
Reinventing washing machine
Xeros has developed a technology that can cut water used in a washing machine by up to 80 percent and reduce the consumption of detergent and energy.
Whether the air be fine
Russian environmental startup Aerostate provides forecasts of air pollution in cities worldwide
Harnessing solar energy at a lower cost
Moroccan enterprise Alto Solutions, has developed a technology to improve access to clean water and renewable energy for larger companies in need of efficient and cost effective concentrators.
ASB Biodiesel expands its field of action
The largest used oil refiner in Hong Kong converts used cooking oil or waste oil into biodiesel that can be blended with regular diesel and used in conventional engines.
Making compost out of sludge and sugar refinery waste
In order to tackle the production of greenhouse gases, Biodech has come up with a solution which consists in combining household waste with other green waste to make compost.
Cementing a revolution
Using LC3 has been proven to be a viable, sustainable alternative to heavily polluting cement lowers greenhouse gas emissions during the production process.
African negotiators prepare for COP22 fight
Africa welcomed the Paris Agreement as a step to stave off the effects of climate change. Marrakech is about holding the world’s feet to the fire.
Building ecological ‘houses of tomorrow’ in rural Morocco
A Moroccan start-up, Eco-Dome, is working to create inventive and innovative housing opportunities thanks to traditional materials.
Closing the Carpet Loop
EcoNyl has developed the technology of aquafil in order to put a dent in global waste by recycling nylon from carpets, clothing and fishing nets and considerably reducing waste.
Efficient Energy : a cool idea
Efficient Energy has developed a new type of cooling unit-the eChiller- that uses water instead of environmentally damaging coolants.
Sustainable islands: energy from waves
Sun, sea and wind: beautiful to experience, but also useful for generating emission-free energy, if used intelligently.
Essen, the Ruhr metropolis, an ecological city model
Dusty air, polluted rivers and contaminated soil are now a thing of the past in Essen. The city has successfully become the European Green Capital.
Making a Fairer Phone
A Dutch startup makes a worker-friendly, easily reparable, ethically-sourced smartphone that can hold its own in a competitive field.
Hong Kong takes steps to cut food and glass waste
Hong Kong’s government has organized different campaigns in order to tackle the issue of waste and raise the awareness of the general population.
Simulating the City
A Lyonnais startup uses 3D modeling and big data to prepare cities for a more livable, sustainable future.
Trees: an Asset Class with Sky High Benefits
ForestFinance invests in the forest for environmental sustainability, social good and financial returns.
The Digital Tree Watchman
Trees and green areas are primordial tools for Luxembourg City to better the quality of life of its citizens. The city has developed a high-tech management system for trees to protect the flora.
Recycled construction, a permeable solution for the concrete jungle
In Mexico, Gravalock has created a system of permeable floors that is able to replace concrete.
Luxembourg stock exchange, “Freeing up green money for green bonds”
Most of the world’s environmentally friendly bonds are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Green building boom in South Africa
Business in Johannesburg are switching to green buildings to help combat the negative effects of the city’s rapid growth.
Hidrocreto heals the wounds of Mexico City.
Born when Mexico was sinking, Hidrocreto tackles the issue by producing ecological concrete that allows rainwater recovery through porous pavement.
Fermenting Factory Waste into Fuel
LanzaTech ’s revolutionary technology uses bacteria to turn industrial waste gases into biofuels and chemicals.
Northern France: testing the Third Industrial Revolution on a large scale
150 years of industrial history have left visible scars on the landscape in the North of France and is the first in the world to adopt a plan for an accelerated transition to a decarbonised economy.
Lyon is using water and vegetation systems to reduce urban overheating
In order to reduce the need for air conditioning, Lyon is promoting the creation of green roofs across the city able improve the natural insulation of buildings.
Neobuild : an experiment in progress
The Neobuild Innovation Centre is a living laboratory for research into energy efficiency.
Startup brings technology to engage companies in waste management
New Hope Ecotech’s plan is to use software solutions so that companies producing consumer goods pay the pickers for the volume of waste that they remove from the environment.
The City of Paris is promoting energy efficiency
The City of Paris has reduced its carbon footprint by 9.2 per cent in ten years, but must step up its efforts to promote environmental efforts and ecologically-friendly projects.
Phénix: Saving Excess Food from the Ashes
Founded in 2014, French start-up Phénix is working to connect large supermarkets and smaller associations to give unsold products, especially food, a second chance.
St. Petersburg’s Climate Adaptation Strategy
Russia ’s second largest city is due to be hit hard by the effects of climate change. The first Russian climate adaptation strategy is being drafted.
The public and private sectors unite to tackle urban climate issues in Quebec
Urban challenges created by climate change are a huge problem in Québec. Private companies are beginning to work more and more closely with public authorities to address these issues faced by society as a whole.
Proaire : a product of the environmental crisis
Launched with the aim of reversing the trend of deteriorating air quality in the Valley of Mexico metropolitan area, the programme Proaire has gained increasing momentum and attention.
Here comes the sun !
Spirited government intervention is recharging the rooftop solar plant movement across India.
A cost-effective solution for South Africa’s wasterwater treatment
In order to tackle the gradual deterioration of South Africa’s drinking water quality, South African company San Aqua has developed a chemical solutions to sanitise the water.
The construction of a solar power plant and a wind farm began earlier this year in order to power the underground rail network of the Chilean capital for the next 15 years.
Urban revitalisation project leading the way in Montréal
In Montreal, an industrial fallow was reconverted into a business and residential area that incorporates all of the latest environmental construction standards.
New Grid on the Block
TransActive Grid, an American joint-venture, harnesses blockchain technology to make peer-to- peer energy exchange possible.
TriCiclos : the business that sees trash as a design flaw
With the premise that trash is a design flaw, the company Triciclos’ recycling model mixes civic education with various forms of “Clean Up Units.
Green coalitions are working to tackle water insecurity
Different green groups are raising the awareness among public authorities on the need to invest in green infrastructure, to restore the degraded forests around the water sources.
The French solar road paving the way for clean energy
Conceived in France, and emerging as the first of its kind, the solar road is already making waves throughout the energy sector.
Cycling to Recycle
A Nigerian entrepreneur has found a low-tech way to encourage citizens to recycle their trash, clean up their city and make money, too.
3D-Printed Garden Villas Unveiled in China
China is actively campaigning for a low-carbon footprint: Chinese company WinSun has managed to developed 3D printing techniques to construct buildings from recovered waste materials.
Morocco goes plastic bag-freeMorocco consumes around 25 billion plastic bags per year, the government decided to go plastic bag-free with the Zero Mika Operation.
Another Milestone for Green Transit in China
CRRC ZhuZhou Locomotive Company introduced two new low-carbon means of public transport this year.
An article of the FT about mainstream investment not supportive of decarbonised economy
350 companies have joined Spain in taking action to curb global warming.
Tourism in Spain is becoming more sustainable, the sector is joining in the fight to waste less water and to take better care of the environment.
Some Spanish wineries have joined forces to produce studies in order to measure the impact of climate change, reduce water consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of their manufacturing processes.
Kigali, Rwanda, is proving to be a testing ground for whether sustainable architecture can help to offset the environmental impacts of breakneck urban development.
The social enterprise have launched a tool which captures rains from rooftops and separates the clean water from dirty water. – Solutions&Co
An entrepreneur sets up a solar power station. This model has been adapted in several villages from 50 to 100 inhabitants. – Solutions&Co
The first sustainable coffee plantation in Brazil compensates its carbon emissions by the preservation and restoration of forests. – Solutions&co
The world’s biggest aluminium smelting plant and rolling mill is using innovative technology and processes to reduce its energy consumption – Solutions&co
This French biotech start-up company produces renewable inks, fabricated through bioproduction
An article of the FT about the role of new technologies in easing chronic problems
Former anti-nuclear protester, this entrepreneur embodies the energy transition, having launched successful large-scale wind farms. – Solutions&Co
Based in Montreal, this company has developed technology which enables a reduction of the GGE of municipal waste-collection trucks – solutions&co
The Mayor of Naestved (Denmark) is commited to helping SMEs produce more with less. – solutions&co
A city in Denmark is taking up an unexpected challenge: turning waste into a business opportunity. – solutions&co
This program stands to improve productivity as well as sustainability among large numbers of SMEs in Colombia and Mexico – solutions&co
This Mexican company has invented a system of dry construction using interfitting panels, reducing the need for CO² emitting materials. – Solutions&Co
A car production factory in Tanger has put in place a unique system enabling CO² emission reductions of 98%. – solutions&co
Small & medium sized Brazilian companies are developing initiatives and innovations to make their operations more sustainable. – solutions&co
This Brazilian cosmetics multinational is demonstrating strong commitment to sustainability best practices and investment in innovation. – solutions&co
Since February, countries have been publishing their plans for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ahead of a December UN meeting in Paris that aims to deliver a new accord on climate change…
This network brings some of the best technology from around the world and makes it relevant and available to the local context in Ghana. – solutions&co
This company is specialized in biogas and methane capture from landfill and coal mines, for electricity production. – Solutions&Co by Sparknews
This company installs offshore wind parks, with the aim of generating enough power to supply 800,000 families with electricity from 2018. – solutions&co
A huge biomass plant running on sustainable wood chips will produce enough energy to supply 500,000 families. – Solutions&CO
By 2014 Germany was already covering 28% of its electricity needs from renewable sources: wind, solar and hydropower power, and biomass. – Solutions&co
This Chilean app helps users measure their environmental impact and gives them incentives for looking after the planet
Harnessing the potential of natural raw materials, such as oyster shells, this factory manufactures a range of agricultural, industrial and cosmetic products
This start-up integrates computer processors into smart and connected radiators and heating systems
This Chilean start-up has salvaged over 60,000 glass bottles and given them a second life, producing wine glasses, lamps & ashtrays
A foundation is aiming to reduce dependency on rainwater for the local farmers of Easter Island, by developing a system to generate water for irrigation from seawater.
This startup develops hydrogen fuel cells to charge devices via USB – Solutions&Co
This paint is based 100% on renewable raw materials such as tall oil, and contains no VOCs (solvents) or APEO
This project produces gas from compost obtained by the mixture of pretreated sewage sludge, plant waste and the wood chips
This CO² neutral building uses all available renewable energy sources including biomass, thermal solar energy, geothermal science & water
This cleantech company offers on-site treatment of water without using chemicals, allowing industrial clients to reduce their freshwater consumption.
This project offers sorted waste collection from offices, and is working towards changing mentalities regarding waste management in Russia. – Solutions&Co
Producing this cement manufacturer’s new earth-cement bricks releases 1/4 of the CO² of concrete blocks & 1/10 of that of burnt bricks
This programme is inspiring households and businesses to reduce their GHG emissions by improving energy efficiency, via a points system
Built for the children of shoe factory workers in Vietnam, this pre-school uses about 25% less energy than a standard Vietnamese kindergarten would
This company has developed clean, high-performance storage batteries to pair up with solar panels, made from abundant, non-toxic and sustainable materials
A group of global business leaders working together to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
This Moroccan company is specialized in the recycling of used oil, and its re-use as biofuel. – Solutions&Co
Countries are looking to bring giant mining firms to incorporate wind and solar energy in their energy mix. – Solutions&co
Brazil’s pulp and paper industry is investing in improving sustainability practices throughout its entire production chain. – Solutions&co
In order to face the energetic poverty, Indian entrepreneurs decided to use the husk to light up rural homes. – Solutions&Co
Waste from the nopal plant and other green matter will be used to generate electricity at a plant in Mexico, thanks to this start-up – Solutions&Co
A French cloud software start-up offers its industrial clients big data analytics solutions for reducing their massive energy consumption by up to 15%
Two designers, one invention: using the force of gravity to bring clean & inexpensive light to off-grid households in developing countries
This Norwegian company’s new environmentally friendly process makes using alternatives to endangered tropical hardwood possible
This company manufactures micro waste-to-energy plants, which extract the energy potential from food waste and manure
This company developed the complex technology to produce recycled plastic pellets, requiring 80% less energy than making plastic from oil
M-Kopa, the start-up that illuminates Kenya
The energy supplier is bringing light to East Africa with an innovative model combining renewable energy, GSM technology and mobile money.
The French company has developed an innovative non-chemical system for treating Ballast Water from boats.
Organic agriculture to mitigate climate change
This network provides agricultural infrastructures with expert support on environmentally friendly practices & benefits of organic farming.
Making biofuel from the nut of the croton
This Kenya-based company produces biofuel, briquettes and agriculture products from an untapped natural resource- the Croton nut.
Bioplastic from avocado pits
The Mexican start-up has found a highly innovative use for avocado seeds: a new bioplastic, which decomposes in a matter of years.
Renewable energy for public lighting
This city is now powering its public street lighting using biogas from waste.
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