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THE RACE TO NET ZERO EMISSIONS

At the forefront of all discussions and concerns is the subject of climate change – a collective awareness that pushes us to reduce our emissions, rethink our economic models and reverse the process through clean energy. The latest IPCC reports remind us that the urgent need is to achieve carbon neutrality and zero net emissions by 2050. The consequences of global warming are already affecting 3.3 to 3.6 billion people. About one billion people could be living in coastal areas threatened by rising sea levels by 2050 (source IPCC 2022).

Tech can, and must, provide solutions to this challenge as soon as possible:

Achieving net-zero emissions would require investing about USD 2 trillion a year in the global energy transition between 2022 and 2025, rising to more than USD 4.1 trillion a year in the second half of the decade (according to BloombergNEF).

Top speakers:

The sessions in this track will allow Céline Alby (Data Science Manager - Axionable); Ellen Moeller (Head of Europe - Watershed); John Jung (President - Energy Vault Solutions); Barbara Belvisi (CEO & Founder - Interstellar Lab); Elliot Grant (Senior Director and Project Lead - X, the moonshot factory); Heike Freund (COO - Marvel Fusion); Emilie Mouren-Renouard (Director of Innovation - Air Liquide); Julien Villeret (Director of Innovation - EDF); Catherine MacGregor (CEO - Engie) and Gianluca Pisanello (COO - First Light Fusion) to discuss the solutions that exist to achieve an equitable energy transition, the advent of nuclear fusion, and issues related to climate justice.Renaud Dumora (Deputy Chief Operating Officer - BNP Paribas) and Marguerite Bérard (Head of French retail banking - BNP PARIBAS - La Poste will discuss how Tech could enable a more inclusive and sustainable Finance.

 

To track and capture CO2, as a Low-carbon Partner of Viva Technology 2022, EDF Group and two of its startups, Urbanomy and Acteon Farm, are putting their innovations into action to reduce the overall carbon impact of the event.  

Urbanomy is analyzing the event's carbon footprint and drawing up an action plan to avoid and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible.

Acteon Farm, currently supported by the EDF Pulse Incubation intrapreneurship programme, contributes to the development of premium and local carbon sinks that sequester greenhouse gasses to the extent of the event's residual emissions. 

 

Visitors to Porte de Versailles (and online) will also discover the latest innovations to promote the energy transition:

In the EDF Low-Carbon Park, several startups will present promising innovations such as the Spanish company Bioo, which will be showing for the first time in France its interactive installations that transform the natural organic decomposition of plants into a source of energy; Pentaform, a British startup, which will be revealing the Abacus, a world first, which is a portable computer made entirely of recycled plastic and consumes 75% less electricity than a conventional computer; or in the Robot Park, Aviant, which comes from Norway and offers its drones for the autonomous transport of goods, particularly for use in healthcare. 

On Wednesday 15 June, the French Tech Mission at Viva Technology will unveil the startups selected for the second edition of Green20, the support program dedicated to the future leaders of GreenTech in France, who are deploying disruptive innovations in favor of the ecological transition.

Viva Technology partners will not be outdone in their respective areas. The LVMH Lab will be eagerly presenting innovations, showcasing in particular blockchain and NFT. BNP Paribas will present, with the startups in its ecosystem, innovations around the themes of Tomorrow's Mobility and Tech and Data at the Service of the Ecological Transition, in particular with Lixo, which, thanks to AI, designs devices to analyze waste flows managed by collectors, sorting centers and recyclers and with Iceberg Data Lab, a fintech that provides biodiversity data to financial institutions. KPMG will welcome the startup Bioteos, which has developed Oxylon, a carbon sink that purifies the ambient air with micro-algae. Google will showcase Mineral, designed to reimagine agriculture. It scans individual plants in a field and uses AI and machine learning to increase yields and reduce the costs and environmental impact of food production. 

In the context of a partnership between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy for the large-scale production of renewable hydrogen in Europe, an industrial module of electrolysis cells will be presented, allowing water to be broken down into oxygen and hydrogen by means of an electric current; ENGIE is inventing tomorrow's energy and will show technical, digital, human and organizational solutions to build tomorrow's low-carbon energy system; Huawei, for whom VivaTech is an opportunity to showcase its ecosystem of startups and in particular the winners of last year's Digital InPulse #Green Tech programme, will also talk about how its own technologies support the ecological transition and present its latest consumer products, including the Smart Office model. TotalEnergies will promote its Tech for Better Energy theme through its Digital Factory and its TotalEnergies ON startup accelerator dedicated to innovative digital solutions in the renewable electricity sector.

The Ile-de-France region will be present with several startups including, for the first time, Upcycle, which creates professional solutions for local composting of bio-waste; and Auum, which develops high technology cleaning solutions to facilitate the reuse of waste on a daily basis.

To provide nutrition without pollution or to consume less water, Interstellar Lab, in partnership with NASA and CNES, will unveil the world premiere of BioPod, one of the world's most advanced aeroponic greenhouses for deployment on Earth and on other planets in the future; and La Grangette, a French startup, will present its ultra-high performance hydroponic growing station for the first time in Europe, to reinvent agriculture in urban environments. L'Oréal Water Saver by L'Oréal Professionnel and Gjosa, will demonstrate how to save water with a showerhead based on rocket engine technology, which reduces water consumption by up to 61%, saving billions of litres of water per year. On the CNRS stand, thanks to production units that can be installed on any site, the startup Carboneo recycles CO2 on a large scale into high value-added raw materials, while significantly reducing the carbon footprint of industries.

The Bouygues Group  will present its advances in low-carbon concrete and will exhibit its Flowell intelligent signage system, an intelligent road system based on a dynamic, illuminated, remotely controlled road marking system.