Climate & Biodiversity Mission.

To reduce the negative effects of climate change and protect natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

Introducing key challenges.

Climate change is probably the greatest challenge humanity is facing and will boost many other risks that we will need to mitigate in order to guarantee our existence in the future. Therefore, since climate change has a direct impact on a social, environmental and economic level, the problems in this mission are fully related to many of the problems in the other missions.

The shift from an economic model based on carbon-intensive activities to another model based on low-carbon activities will entail a sustainable energy transition which will not only be focused on the development of renewable energy technology but also on a fair social transition and the adaptation of the capital markets to this new economy.

Moreover, the population and economic growth of emerging countries means stopping global warming will be even more challenging, as we will need to balance social prosperity with a new economic system based on low-carbon activities.

Correlation between CO2 concentration (ppm) and temperature (°C).

Source: NASA.

Since the industrial revolution, the average concentration of CO2, measured in parts per million (ppm), has reached figures that were unthinkable a few years ago and currently stands at more than 400 ppm. This concentration of CO2 is one of the leading causes of global warming, resulting in a increase of the average temperature of the Earth.

Cumulative CO2 emissions by region (% of global CO2 cumulative emissions).

Source: Global Carbon Project.

The figure above shows the cumulative CO2 emissions by region. Since global warming is an cumulative phenomenon, it is necessary to see the big picture to understand the responsibility every country has in it. Acting together and providing a global response is the only alternative to stop the climate emergency.

Decarbonization rate and CO2 reduction scenarios (billion tonnes of CO2).

Source: Centre for International Climate Research, UNEP, UNFCCC.

According to scientific forecasts, emissions must drop rapidly to 25 gigatons of CO2 by 2030 to limit the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 °C—but current commitments are far from there (56 Gt CO2). Despite this, we can limit global warming to 1.5 °C if we make a great effort to achieve a decarbonization rate of 7.6% per year between 2020 and 2030, while if we wait until 2025 to take action, the decarbonization rate would have to be 15.5% every year. The greater the delay, the greater the cost of (in)action will be.

Mission description.

This mission aims to create solutions to the main challenges our planet is facing: climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The climate crisis should not be understood only as an environmental problem; it should be understood as a threat to the future of humanity due to its potential impact on people’s lives and the economic system. To define a new system, we need to balance the mitigation of the effects of climate change with our own adaptation to the rise in temperatures and its consequences.

Mission challenges
in the mission.

Climate & energy.

  • Towards zero carbon.
  • Climate adaptation.
  • Just and clean energy transition.

Ecosystem conservation and restoration.

  • Protect natural habitats.
  • Protect species from extinction.
  • Restore damaged ecosystems.

Oceans & water.

  • Stop ocean depletion and protect marine resources.
  • Stop acidification and polluted water.
  • Guarantee water use efficiency.

SDG alignment.

Clean water and sanitation.

6.4 Increase water efficiency.

6.5 Integrate water management.

6.6 Protect water ecosystems.

Affordable and clean energy.

7.2 Increase in renewable energy.

7.3 Increase energy efficiency.

7.a Promote clean energy investments.

7.b Expand energy infrastructure.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

9.4 Promote sustainable industries.

Climate action.

13.1 Strengthen resilience.

13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national strategies.

13.3 Improve institutional capacity on climate change mitigation.

Life below water.

14.1 Reduce marine pollution.

14.2 Protect marine ecosystems.

14.3 Address ocean

14.4 End overfishing and illegal fishing.

Life on land.

5.1 Ensure terrestrial conservation.

15.2 Ensure sustainable forest management.

15.3 Combat desertification.

15.4 Ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems.

15.5 Reduce extinction rates.

15.6 Promote fair genetic resources.

15.7 End illegal wildlife actions.

15.8 Reduce the impact of invasive species.

15.a Mobilize financial resources.

15.b Mobilize developing countries.

15.c Combat poaching and trafficking.

Some solutions for inspiration.

Below you can find some of the innovative impact solutions we are working on.

Carbon footprint calculation platforms.

Digital products for calculating the carbon footprint of different industries and detect opportunities for reduction.

Image recognition in species protection.

Combining images from cameras and drones to create image recognition algorithms that detect and protect species at risk of extinction.

Digital carbon offsets.

New digital platform to connect your carbon footprint with offsets projects in different countries of activity.

Data analysis in climate change migration.

Combining different data sources to understand climate change migration and adapt our cities to future needs.