Transatlantic Climate Dialogue: Tech solutions for individual climate action

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Transatlantic Climate Dialogue: Tech solutions for individual climate action

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Central to averting climate disaster is the need for immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors. This will require a major effort by governments, businesses and individuals.

Connecting inspiring voices on both sides of the Atlantic through our Critical Thinking Live format, the Transatlantic Climate Dialogue series underlines the power of young entrepreneurs and innovators in the fight against climate change and aims to inspire citizens to take action.

The first in this series will be dedicated to tech solutions for individual climate action.

In this session, we aim to shed light on various tech solutions that enable individual climate action and offer young innovators a platform to exchange views on how technology can help individuals make climate-friendly consumer choices, how impactful they are, and the concrete results of such climate tech tools.

This series is part of the European Young Leaders programme led by Friends of Europe that connects young leaders throughout Europe and beyond. They are trail blazers, exceptional business and civil society leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, scientists, journalists and athletes.

The EYL40 programme builds bonds across nationalities, areas of work as well as different political and ideological viewpoints, develops innovative solutions for the challenges facing our societies and promotes role models who are passionate and committed to Europe and who can inspire our citizens.


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Transatlantic Climate Dialogues series: Tech solutions for individual climate action Expand Transatlantic Climate Dialogues series: Tech solutions for individual climate action

Climate change impacts each one of us and individual climate action can make a significant impact. The UN estimates that if 1 billion people take practical action in their own lives, they could reduce as much as 20% of global carbon emissions.

Climate tech can enable consumers to gain a better understanding of our individual carbon footprint and to empower us to take action to reduce that footprint. There are multiple tech solutions that raise awareness and help assess, track and reduce our personal carbon footprint.

Other initiatives allow consumers to participate in emissions reduction through their consumer choices – be that sustainable fashion, reducing food waste, recycling, or verifying the sustainability of consumer goods and making informed choices.

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Tessa Clarke

Co-Founder and CEO of OLIO (United Kingdom)

Markus Gilles

Co-Founder and CEO of Klima (Germany)

Sanchali Pal

CEO & Founder of emissions tracking and offsetting app Joro

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Speakers

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Tessa Clarke
Tessa Clarke

Co-Founder and CEO of OLIO (United Kingdom)

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Tessa Clarke is the Co-Founder and CEO of OLIO, a free app tackling waste in the home and local communities by connecting neighbours with each other and volunteers with local businesses, so that surplus food and other household items can be given away, instead of thrown away. OLIO, initially founded in the United Kingdom, has grown to over 5mn users in 63 countries and its impact has been widely recognised, most notably by the United Nations, which highlighted OLIO as a “beacon” for the world, and as the recipient of Vivatech’s Next European Unicorn award. Clarke is passionate about the sharing economy as a solution for a sustainable world and promoting ‘profit with purpose’ as the next business paradigm. Prior to founding OLIO, she worked as a digital managing director in the media, retail and financial services sectors.

Markus Gilles
Markus Gilles

Co-Founder and CEO of Klima (Germany)

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Motivated by a desire for positive social change, Markus Gilles founded Klima in a small Berlin office, to help protect and restore the world through individual action, following a backpacking trip from Alaska to Patagonia that provided first-hand experience with the threats faced by the natural planet and its ecosystems. Klima strives to make personal action radically easy by helping individuals to offset their emissions, reduce their carbon footprint and multiply their climate impact. The app offers calculations of our carbon footprint, suggestions to make relevant lifestyle changes and advocacy tips. Gilles is also the former CEO and Co-Founder of Hyper, a platform for quality video journalism. Before a fascination for technology and its potential for good brought him into the start-up world, he began his career in sustainability advocacy at the German Fair Trade Forum.

Sanchali Pal
Sanchali Pal

CEO & Founder of emissions tracking and offsetting app Joro

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Sanchali Pal founded Joro to empower people to take climate action through something they do every day: spending money. From its Oakland, CA, headquarters Joro is on a mission to help people decarbonise the economy by encouraging different actions and ways to build our ‘carbon intuition’. Not only is the app a source of knowledge that evaluates data to understand where our emissions come from and learn the impact of spending, Joro also offers guides and inspiration to prioritise meaningful actions, such as investment portfolios. Prior to the creation of Joro, Pal worked at Tesla and in sustainable development at Dalberg in East Africa and South Asia, where she worked with communities directly affected by the climate crisis.

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