How can industry innovate to meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy climate while meeting societal demands for goods and services?
Submit proposals: https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1303903
Deadline: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
Judging Criteria & Prizes: See below.
Industry is a key contributor to economic growth and prosperity, and has been the primary engine of economic development over the last century. It is also a leading global source of greenhouse gases. The International Energy Agency estimates that, to meet global GHG reduction goals, emission reductions of 60-80% will be necessary. Industry is also an important source of innovation and rich with mitigation opportunities: resource efficiency (e.g. energy, materials, water); reducing process emissions of non-CO2 GHGs; industrial ecology; supply chain logistics and geography; manufacturing efficiency; CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); and enhanced use of renewables are just some of the areas in which there is great potential for paradigm-shifting progress.
The industry contest seeks innovative, well-described, actionable solutions that will enable continued global economic growth while achieving major emission reductions in the industrial sector over the course of the next decades.
Industry contributes to GHG emissions through on-site generation of electricity and heat from fossil sources, industrial processes that directly release CO2, methane, and other high impact greenhouse gases, as well as the carbon footprint of the materials and resources utilized in its processes and supply chains.
Opportunities for mitigation arise in each of these sectors. The most promising of these link emissions reductions to profitable activities, such as conversion of wastes to useful inputs or products, increased efficiency. Other benefits include enhanced stability and competitiveness in uncertain markets.
Some of the key areas for exciting innovation are listed below. These are only a sampling of the possibilities; the breadth of opportunity for improvement is vast. We encourage contest participants to seek imaginative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-boundary solutions.
Resource efficiency: materials, inputs with significant supporting energy requirements (e.g. water), electricity, and heat
Reducing process emissions of non-CO2 GHGs
Supply chain logistics and geography
CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS)
Enhanced use of renewables
Data-driven analysis and optimization
- New business models
Judges will be asked to evaluate proposals on the following criteria: feasibility, novelty, impact and presentation quality. Winning proposals will be especially strong in at least one of the first three dimensions, and also well presented. For details about the judging criteria, click here.
You can find the proposal template here, and contest schedule here.
Top proposals in each contest will be awarded...
Judges’ Choice Winner – Strongest overall
Popular Choice Winner – Received the most votes during the voting period
Impact Award – Largest impact and highly feasible
Novelty Award – Most innovative
The Judges’ and Popular Choice Winners will be invited to MIT to present their proposal, enter the Climate CoLab Winners Program and be eligible for the $10,000 Grand Prize. All award winners will receive wide recognition and visibility by the MIT Climate CoLab.
All Finalists are asked to submit a 3-minute video outlining their proposal. Videos will be featured on the MIT Climate CoLab website and Winners will show their videos at the conference.
If your proposal is included in a top global climate action plan, you will receive CoLab Points, which are redeemable for cash prizes.
Resources for Proposal Authors
General Literature on Industry Emissions, Technologies, and Policies
Energy Information Agency. Manufacturing energy consumption survey for the US
US Environmental Protection Agency. GHG emissions in the U.S.
Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
Industrial energy and material efficiency: What role for Policies?
Institute for Industrial Productivity
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
International Energy Agency Energy Technology Perspectives
Example of a roadmap for industry needs: European Paper industry
UNIDO Cleaner and Sustainable Production resource list
Europe’s Zero Emissions Platform
The Bellona Foundation
US Department of Energy's advanced manufacturing program
US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan
Advanced Energy Economy’s State Tool for Electricity Emissions Reduction
US Environmental Protection Agency's energy star resources
European Union energy efficiency roadmap
Asian Development Bank's Review of Energy Efficiency Interventions
Energy Efficiency Policies in the United States (multiple sectors)
Tracking Energy Efficiency and CO2 emissions from the International Energy Agency
Industrial Efficiency resources from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Data management & visualization
Business Model & Project Investment
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