Origins.earth, which is the result of an intrapreneurship project developed within SUEZ, with the support of the European EIT Climate-KIC accelerator, is a tool that enables cities to continuously measure GHG emissions while aiming to accelerate the energy transition.
On the occasion of COP24, the project was presented by the World Meteorological Organization and its programme IG3IS at a conference dedicated to Innovative Solutions, and contributed to discussions with the UNFCCC1, in order to encourage the emergence of climate-responsible models.
Origins.earth offers cities the means of continuously measuring CO₂ emissions using high-precision sensors and sophisticated modelling techniques. It therefore allows operational teams to monitor changes in the carbon footprint using the “CO₂ City Index” function, to map low-carbon projects using the data provided by the “CO₂ Mapping Service” function, and access to funds through “Climate finance Service”.
"Cities are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, but they have received only 1% of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol. Until today, the absence of reliable city-wide CO₂ measurements at the scale of cities has been a major obstacle to accessing climate funding. But advanced urban CO₂ monitoring techniques and the expertise of urban data produced by Origins.earth overcome these barriers and allow concrete action to be taken in favour of the climate”, explain Sarah Dubreil and Fouzi Benkhelifa, the Intrapreneurs of Origins.earth.
The City of Paris and the Paris Climate Agency share this conviction from the start of the project and are fully involved in the deployment of this service in Paris in 2019.
At COP24, IG3IS (an initiative of World Meteorological Organization) invited Origins.earth to take part in the exchanges with UNFCCC1 and pioneering cities in order to share its innovative solutions in favour of the climate transition with all the stakeholders.
The participation in COP24, and the very nature of the service itself offered by Origins.earth for cities, precisely match the scope of action of EIT Climate-KIC. The European accelerator supports and helps this first intrapreneurship project to structure and deploy its economic model, in order to “emerge monitoring and funding solutions that will promote the urban climate transition on a massive scale. This is our mission”, explains Victor Gancel, Director of the LoCal programme2 within the accelerator.
1United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
2Low-Carbon City Lab