The 2021 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers list has been announced, featuring a diverse and inclusive line-up. While the innovators and entrepreneurs that make up the Technology Pioneers list are focussed on a wide selection of technology, there is a strong representation from those pursuing positive environmental changes. Finding new technology solutions is essential to helping the environment. Read on some of the most exciting green solutions….
High-end recycled plastic
In India, Banyan Nation has launched a recycling system to tackle the problems caused by plastic pollution. Its process for recycling involves a high degree of cleaning and refining, which results in a high-grade recycled plastic suitable for use in many applications. The firm is creating jobs for locals, and says it recovers all the water used in its recycling processes.
Taking its name from the American brothers who pioneered powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, the Wright 1 is an electric aircraft designed to fly at distances approaching 1300 km. The company behind the plane, Wright, say their design will bring “zero-emissions flight down to the same cost as running a fossil-fueled fleet”. They forecast it will be commercially active by 2030.
Overfishing damages fish populations and can cause long-term harm to delicately balanced environments like coral reefs. A start-up from Hong Kong, Avant Meats, is offering lab-grown fillets of fish as an alternative. Fish stem cells are fed on nutrients and grow edible fillets in less time than it takes for a fish to grow to an edible size. Unlike farmed fish, the lab-grown alternative is free of pollutants or disease.
Food coating you can eat
Plastic pollution is a well-documented problem. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that plastic also plays a vital role in keeping medical equipment sterile and helping food last longer. Boston-based Mori is developing a plastic-wrap alternative for the food supply chain, based on naturally derived silk protein. Unlike plastic, Mori’s silk-based wrap is added as an invisible coating during the washing process foods go through prior to being shipped to stores. Not only is it all-natural, it is edible too.
AI helps verify offsetting
Pachama is a Silicon Valley technology company using AI and satellite data to take carbon offsetting to a new level. Its platform allows organizations that are working toward net-zero or carbon neutrality to confidently support a variety of carbon sequestration projects. From reforestation to habitat conservation projects, Pachama is able to validate projects’ effectiveness by automatically analyzing satellite images.
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