It's often said that, as humans, we're wired to seek out novelty. To search for the next big thing. In the drive to decarbonization, I'd argue that many companies are no different. Today, scores of global brands are trialing novel technologies. Take luxury goods group Kering, for instance, working with California-based VitroLabs Inc.
European climate tech funds raised $2.6 billion in 2021 - an amount double that of the year before. Among those that helped to derive that record figure were a range of corporations. Credit Suisse backed 2150's inaugural urban sustainability fund, which invests in startups changing the way cities are "designed, constructed and powered."
Between 2010 to 2022, "the number of emerging technology companies tackling the climate crisis has increased 4x," to nearly 45,000. That's according to a report by TechNation, released in November. Few people would argue that the rapid increase isn't necessary. But it could be argued as both a blessing and a curse.
Cecile Duranton is the Managing Director of Time for the Planet - a French non-profit "enabling citizens all over the world to act collectively against climate change." She was previously an agronomy engineer, working on soil management and crop production in countries such as Brazil, Vietnam and New Zealand.
Jacob Nathan is the co-founder and CEO of Epoch Biodesign - a London-based startup engineering enzymes to break down plastic into "low-carbon, circular chemicals." After raising a $11m seed round, last summer, the company now boasts the likes of MCJ Collective
Becky Lane is the co-founder and CEO of Furbnow - a Birmingham-based startup helping homeowners to easily navigate the process of retrofitting and improving their homes' energy efficiency. She is also a Board Member at the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership - a not-for-profit organisation "promoting best practice on the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable housing."
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Twelve months ago, a headline like this would have sent me into a spiral. I'd have felt anxious, scared and immobilised for days, if not weeks, afterwards. Today, it didn't. Why? Because, over the past 12 months, I've been lucky enough to build a network of incredible people working tirelessly to build a better future.
Peter Havers reached out to the CEO of a personal-branding startup on Twitter about its open roles. The company offered the 22-year-old a job despite not planning to fill the role for months. Insider spoke to the CEO, Joe Binder, and Havers about what made the message so compelling.