UN COP21 Mission Innovation – Day 2

Buildings Evolved participate in Public-Private Round Table at UN COP21 Mission Innovation 3 Conference in Malmo, Sweden.

 

Day two showcased private sector offerings aimed at solving the climate crisis with leading and emerging technologies from across the world. Patrick Child of the European Commission highlighted the importance of the MI framework in delivering technology and innovations that have a real impact. The excellent Bertrand Piccard from Solar Impulse (the solar powered plane) gave an inspirational speech and ran through an incredible journey towards net zero flight – shaking up the aeronautics industry by adopting ship-building practices to lighten and strengthen his aircraft. Varialift airships showcased their autonomous airships that would revolutionalise the distribution of freight worldwide – travelling at 150km/h and with a 40 year lifespan, using helium and supporting payloads of up to 500 metric tonnes!

The vision of a Sun to Hydrogen fuel from the Solar Fuels Institute was followed by a run-through of the other MI challenge #7 activities, including improved heat pump technologies, building simulation modelling, self-driving materials labs and many other interesting technologies. Deb Noller from Australia also took the stage to discuss the ubiquity of data and how it is disrupting all areas of industry as part of the Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings IC.

The Australian Delegation, Jo Evans, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Environment & Energy was next on the agenda. This was a highly interesting meeting where Ms Evans asked a series of questions at delegates designed to understand the attending companies agenda and to prompt them to think about the best way that Australia can engage with the process and extract maximum value for public spending in the area. The result was that we left feeling that the Australian Government would support the process and pave the way for innovation driven by the private sector.

The formal opening which featured the Malmo Symphony Orchestra with Nina Persson and MotoBoy. Back to the serious stuff, an incredibly powerful speech by the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Faith Birol, showed that despite the efforts to date, all we have done to date is slow the growth in emissions rather than drastically cut them. In fact, after remaining flat for 3 years, emissions rose again in 2017 to an all-time high.

The IEA outlined the scenarios if we stay on the same course, compared to a truly sustainable development scenario. To achieve this outcome, a wide variety of technologies are necessary to meet these sustainability goals; notably greater energy efficiency, increase in renewables, CCUS and nuclear. Individual ratings were given to each sector of the economy, with only 4 of 38 technologies meeting goals – notably Solar PV, the ICT sector, Electric Vehicles, and lighting. 23 need improvement and 11 are off track. Government policy and market design are instrumental in spurring innovation, deployment and private investment. Clean-tech R&D spend is on the rise globally, although we are only just above $20bn annually across the globe. Mission Innovation is helping push these numbers up, but in the grand scheme of things, this needs to grow dramatically.

Our Global Contribution

Buildings Evolved in concert with a CSIRO Energy team is pioneering an innovative smart buildings project to:

  • Participate in an international initiative to share and collaborate smart building data for benchmarking, modelling and continual commissioning of built assets.
  • Provide research institutes and academics anonymised building data to improve the operation of buildings through innovation programs, research and development of the DCH.
  • Be part of Australia’s commitments to the Paris (COP21) agreement on climate change and help reduce emissions.

Watch this space for progress on these initiatives and more. To express interest in the innovative iHub project contact a Buildings Evolved consultant here.

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