Its name says it all. EIT Climate-KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) driven by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Its mission is to facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. Its #Accelerate programme has made it the largest accelerator of climate innovation companies in Europe. A transition that starts with the awareness of many people.
EIT Climate-KIC’s acceleration programme, Accelerate, is currently in the first stage of its seventh edition. GreeMko, one of the start-ups incorporated this year, helped to make the most of the event which, due to current circumstances, could not be face-to-face. Celebrating the first stage of Accelerator Spain with an online event also had its advantages.
This is how GreeMko -Green Management Technology-, a startup that has just joined Accelerate, sees it. GreeMko proposed to calculate how much CO2 is avoided to the atmosphere, by avoiding the transfer of the participants from any point of the Spanish geography to Valencia. Their mobility tool allowed each participant to calculate the carbon emissions they would have produced by travelling by train, car, motorbike, bus… to the physical location of the meeting: the Botanical Garden of Valencia.
These are the most significant results of the survey:
- The average emissions per person would have been 41 kg CO2.
- Every day the online event is held, around 0.7 tons of CO2 are avoided.
- Thirty per cent of the total of more than 7,000 km travelled by the participants would have been by car.
- Air travel would have caused 60% of the carbon footprint of travel.
The main objective of a mobility survey, explains CEO Jorge Portillo, is “to raise awareness of the impact of all the decisions we make every day and that we are all part of the solution. For companies and governments to be able to take measures to mitigate environmental impact, they must first have access to reliable data and information.
Each one of us can contribute to a change of mentality by getting closer to this reality, for example, by knowing the carbon footprint of our travel. How many kilos of CO2 does a journey generate?
The event was a demonstration of how EIT Climate-Kic works with its partners to advance in the consolidation of a Spanish innovative ecosystem on climate change.