Israel will host a pavilion at a United Nations climate conference for the first time, promoting 10 groundbreaking climate technology companies and offering more than 30 events at the upcoming COP27, which will take place in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el Sheikh in November.
The pavilion, funded by eight government ministries, will open on November 7 at the conference’s Innovation Zone.
The space will feature a “technological avenue”, which will highlight 10 companies, each with their own promotional video, as well as a 40-seat conference space and meeting room.
The technology boulevard will showcase 10 Israeli climate technology companies, which have been selected out of 100 candidates. The names of the winners were announced Wednesday at the close of Israel’s first climate technology conference, organized by PLANETech, an Israeli non-profit innovation community.
They are: H2Pro, which is promoting the 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 a wide range of markets; Remilk, a developer of cultured milk and dairy products; Aleph Farms, which produces cultured meat and grows steaks from modified bovine cells; Groundwork BioAg, which develops 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 transforms waste into cooking gas and liquid fertilizer; and Wiliot, which has developed battery-free Bluetooth-based chips for labeling consumer packaged goods that can collect and analyze physical and environmental conditions along 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, status and relevance to the region of the Mediterranean.
On the eve of last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, then Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “For the world to be carbon neutral by 2050, changing our behavior will do less than half the work. The other half will come from a technology that has yet to be developed. That’s where Israel must lead ”.
In June, the government approved a NIS 3 billion ($ 870 million) plan to promote climate innovation.
Other conference events with Israeli organizations will include Tomorrow.io which will appear in the pavilion of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the Good Food Institute which will present in a smart food pavilion, and YKCenter which will host a session on finance for the climate.
According to Ayelet Rosen, head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, this year’s confab is unlikely to produce groundbreaking agreements or initiatives, such as those reached, for example, in Paris in 2015, where nations have pledged to keep the temperature increases at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6˚F) and preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7˚F), compared to pre-industrial times.
He said he expected the focus to be on developing countries instead.