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Decarbonathon winners announced

Four innovative projects have been declared the winners of the Decarbonathon, a competition created through a Young Global Leaders initiative of the World Economic Forum to find the most promising solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in cities. The competition was supported by the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), ENGIE, Climate-KIC and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in France.

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Nearly 600 participants and 175 teams from 67 different countries joined this worldwide competition, launched in October 2015, around four themes: sustainable mobility, energy efficient buildings, production and sustainable energy consumption.

The winners are:

  • 1st prize: Mobiliteam
    An air booster that reduces the energy consumption of electric vehicles by improving the energy efficiency of air conditioning systems.

  • 2nd prize: Bynd
    A mobile app to share daily rides as easily and fast as possible, combining public and private transport means.

  • 3rd prize: TEBS (Traffic Energy Bar System)
    A mechanical system producing distributed energy by harvesting energy from cars at toll points or roadways where vehicles need to reduce their speed.

  • 4th prize: Mutum
    A gamification and collaborative platform to mutualize different objects and tools to avoid over consumption.

Out of the 175 teams who responded to the call for projects, 16 finalists were chosen and announced during COP21 on 4 December 2015. These teams were then further mentored to mature their ideas and competed in a two-day 'hackathon' in Paris, which ended on 15 January with presentations in front of an international jury in Paris. The projects were then evaluated on criteria such as CO2 impact, feasibility, potential acceptance by citizens and the quality of the project presentation, before the four winners were chosen.

The jury was made up of policy, energy and climate experts, including Jane Burston, Head of Climate and Environment at NPL; Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of the Economy; Jacqueline Lecourtier, Former Chairwoman of the French National Research Agency; John Dutton, Director and Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum; Philippe Cadre, Industrial Property Director at INPI; and Raphael Schoentgen, Research and Technologies Director at ENGIE.

Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of ENGIE, said:

"I want to thank all the participants of this hackathon for their involvement and the quality of the work they provided during the four months of competition. With our partners, we are very proud and honoured to support the development of all these new ideas to fight global warning; it is the beginning of a challenging story together with the winning teams."

Now that the competition is over, the winners will benefit from publicity around their project and direct contact with potential investors. They will also be eligible for further mentoring and an acceleration programme with the partners to help get their project to market more quickly, in addition to over €20,000 worth of prizes including electric bikes and eco-friendly trips.

More details on the Decarbonathon

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For more information, contact Marieke Beckmann

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Last Updated: 1 Feb 2016
Created: 29 Jan 2016


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