“In our free online workshop on 2 June 2022, we provide an opportunity to explore the Synergy Audit tools first hand – including the E-learning tool and guideline. We want to enable many organisations with the Synergy Audit methodology, that bridges knowledge about European and global environmental standards, circular economy, environmental quality management, environmental law, global directives like the Paris Agreement and the UN 17 SDGs,” says Eleonora Bru, head of the Synergy Audit ERASMUS+ project.
“I don’t think that market forces alone will do the trick. I don’t think we have a chance to meet the aggressive climate targets, if we continue to dump a pollutant, CO2, into the atmosphere without any economic penalty as we can never compete with the status quo,” says Dr. Michael Schultz, Principal at PTI Global Solutions.
“We applied backcasting to define a desirable future and then identified measures to pull and connect this specified future to the present. Ideating such disruptive solutions with various people and across sectors has led to discovering the internal and external potentials of the involved organizations, and combining these for scalable impact,” says Edgardo Regatky, Pentagrowth consultant and speaker on topics of digital transformation, collaborative economy and Smart Cities.
“SoilStack is designed to help anyone who is collecting a high density of soil samples at pre-determined locations. That primarily includes anyone attempting to do ecosystem service or carbon accounting for markets and researchers evaluating soil carbon at the landscape scale,” says Dan TerAvest, cofounder of Our Sci.
“In the Bristol pilot of TwinERGY, we have an objective of involving participants who are typically underrepresented in innovative energy projects. The pilot seeks to involve people who experience fuel poverty and those most impacted by oppressive systems based on disability, classism, racism, gender bias and ableism – and as a result of this are often underrepresented in energy research,” says Lorraine Hudson as we speak with her, Anna Higueras and Lucia Errandonea about their transformative and collaborative project TwinERGY.
„The intention of this upcoming project is for Catalonia to be the focal point of a comprehensive data ecosystem, strengthening the balance between demand-pulled and supply-pushed mechanisms. We are starting to think meaningfully from the demand side of this ecosystem, as opposed to a supply-pushed perspective, which in my experience has been predominant in this field to date,“ says Giovanni Maccani, Senior Researcher at Ideas for Change.
”With Beneficial Bio our mission is to provide locally manufactured reagents to make sure that our local researchers get what they need faster and cheaper. That involves distributing manufacturing, because that is the only way that we can overcome the shipping and importation and customs barriers that really add to the time and the cost of those reagents. That is really where we are using SurveyStack in our mission to provide reagents quicker and cheaper, but also high quality,” says Dr. Jenny Molloy of Beneficial Bio.
“The great potential with SurveyStack is really to allow for the aggregation of data without commodification. We can aggregate without losing resolution, sovereignty and control over data. We can aggregate without losing attribution and that is a really powerful pathway, because of what it allows us to do,” says Dr. Dorn Cox, project lead and founder of Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management – OpenTEAM.
“SurveyStack has now become this amazing, deeply thought Open Source framework for interoperable data. Through SurveyStack we are able to say with confidence ‘Yes, those quote unquote regenerative practices do connect with increased soil carbon as well as do connect with nutrient levels in food being increased’,” says Dan Kittredge, Founder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association.
“Citizen participation and community co-ownership schemes play an increasingly societal role by fostering citizens’ participation in energy matters and raising acceptance of renewable energy. They can bring tremendous benefits for citizens and communities by placing them closer to the energy transition and fulfilling Europe’s decarbonisation goals,” says Dr. Athanasios Chassiakos as we speak with him, Dr. Stylianos Karatzas and Vasiliki Lazari about their transformative project TwinERGY.