All eyes turn to climate protection from September 22-29, 2019 when the 11th Hamburg Climate Week gets underway. Hamburg has vowed to act in view of the scale and awareness of global climate change and the accompanying risks. Topics on the agenda include educational and cultural programmes, joining in activities and several panel events.
Involving entire society
Since 2009, the Climate Week, organised by volunteers, has brought together movers and shakers in business, politics and society for talks on raising awareness of climate protection – and since 2016 – of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the era of the “Fridays for Future” demonstrations, initiated by the young Swedish national, Greta Thunberg, Climate Week is meeting with growing interest.
Team Malizia takes over patronage
At the end of August, Team Malizia, brought Thunberg safely across the Atlantic aboard the Malizia II racing yacht skippered by Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and the German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann to attend the U.N. summit on zero emissions in September. Herrmann, Holly Cova, manager of the team, and the head of the team’s own educational programme, Birte Lorenzen have taken over patronage of the 11th Hamburg Climate Week. “It is a great honour for me to assume the patronage. I hope that the whole city will be involved in climate change,” Herrmann stressed.
EUR 450,000 #moinzukunft climate fund
Hamburg’s Ministry for the Environment recently set aside EUR 450,000 for local environment protection measures by 2020. The grant, dubbed #moinzukunft-Klimafonds, will make funds available for initiatives and to associations or sponsors of projects as diverse as exchange apps, zero-waste campaigns, climate education for children, climate-friendly festivals, cargo bike sharing for suburbs or insect hotels. The funds will be released by the Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung, which will administer the grant on behalf of the ministry.
“Breeze” sensors to improve air quality
More and more and more start-ups are also going green. Breeze technologies, for instance, is committed to improving air quality. Launched in 2015 by Robert Heinecke, Sascha Kuntze and Jan Rübbelke, the sensors initially measured air quality in open-plan offices and offered suggestions for improvement. Meanwhile, Breeze offers its sensor technology outdoors to gauge the amount of dust, ozone and nitrogen in the air, for instance, on streetlamps. The Breeze Environmental Intelligence Cloud combines algorithms for sensor calibration, predictive maintenance and data analysis on the basis of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This analytics cloud platform gathers real-time data from the Breeze sensors as well as external data sources.
Bio-Lutions offering alternative to plastic
The Hamburg-based Bio-Lutions has come up with ecological packaging and disposable tableware made from agricultural waste to counter plastic waste. Founded in 2017 by Eduardo Gordillo and Stefan Dircks, their patented technology does without additional binders or chemicals. Demand for Bio-Lutions products has risen significantly after setting up a production site in India. The founders are now laying plans to build three new factories by 2020 after securing more than EUR 8.3 million in May in a Series A financing round. Key investors are Delivery Hero SE and Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)
Spend money and do good with Tomorrow app
Every good idea needs funds – a fact well-known to the founders of the Tomorrow app. Launched in early 2019 by Inas Nureldin, Michael Schweikart and Jakob Berndt, the trio have come up with a banking app that invests their clients’ money in sustainable projects. Every payment made with the Tomorrow card funds projects in renewable energies, ecological agriculture or micro credits. The app targets all those “with a mobile phone in their hand and a healthy moral compass”. The founders hope to create a digital platform for all aspects of finance and with a positive impact.
100 megawatt plant for hydrogen electrolysis
Politicians in Hamburg have set the course for climate protection. A decision on building the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts in the Port of Hamburg will be made before the close of 2019, according to Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics Senator. The plant will cost a three-digit million sum and will be funded by subsidies from the German government and the EU.