Israel will host a pavilion for the first time at a UN climate conference, promoting 10 groundbreaking climate tech companies and featuring more than 30 events at the upcoming COP27, to be held in the Egyptian resort town from Sharm el Sheikh in November.
The pavilion — which will be funded by eight government departments — will open Nov. 7 in the conference’s Innovation Zone.
The space will include a “technology boulevard”, highlighting 10 companies – each with their own promotional video – as well as a 40-seat conference space and a meeting room.
The Technology Boulevard will feature 10 Israeli climate technology companies, which were selected from 100 applicants. The names of the winners were announced Wednesday at the end of Israel’s first climate technology conference, organized by PLANETech, an Israeli nonprofit innovation community.
These are: H2Pro, which promotes hydrogen technology developed by the Grand Technion Energy Program at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa; GenCell, which has developed a way to use hydrogen by storing it in ammonia for off-grid and backup power that can be used in various markets; Remilk, a cultured milk and dairy product developer; Aleph Farms, which makes cultured meat and grows steaks from modified bovine cells; Groundwork BioAg, which is developing a mushroom-based inoculant for commercial agriculture to improve and strengthen crops; Tomorrow.io, which created a weather and climate analysis platform; Beewise, with its robotic hives; UBQ Materials, which converts household, organic, paper and plastic waste into a bio-based plastic substitute; HomeBiogas, which turns waste into cooking gas and liquid fertilizer; and Wiliot, which has developed battery-less Bluetooth chips for tagging consumer packaged goods that can collect and analyze physical and environmental conditions throughout the supply chain.
The 10 companies were selected to meet certain criteria, including current climate impact, potential climate impact, technological innovation, team and leadership, economic potential, as well as status and relevance to the Mediterranean region.
On the eve of last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, then Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “For the world to reach zero emissions by 2050, changing our behavior will do less half the job. The other half will come from technologies yet to be developed. This is where Israel must lead.
In June, the government approved a NIS 3 billion ($870 million) plan to boost climate innovation.
Other conference events featuring Israeli organizations will include Tomorrow.io appearing at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) pavilion, the Good Food Institute showcasing in a smart food pavilion and YKCenter hosting a session on climate finance.
According to Ayelet Rosen, head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, this year’s conference is unlikely to result in groundbreaking agreements or initiatives, such as those reached, for example , in Paris in 2015, where nations pledged to limit the rise in temperatures. at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6˚F), and preferably at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7˚F), compared to pre-industrial times.
She said she expected the focus to be more on developing countries.
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